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2011: Group plans debate for presidential aspirants

 By Ben Agande

ABUJA—Ahead of the 2011 presidential election, a Non-governmental Organisation, Dynamic Youth Leadership Initiative, is to conduct a live television debate for all presidential aspirants in order to avail Nigerians opportunity of  assessing the candidates and making informed decisions on who to vote for in the presidential election.

National Coordinator of the organisation, Mr David Oluwole Giwa-Amu, who disclosed this in an interview with Vanguard , said the debate would be carried live on the network service of the Nigerian Television Authority, African Independent Television, Federal Radio corporation of Nigeria and other radio and television stations nationwide.

According to him, “what we at the Dynamic Youth leadership Initiative want to do is raise the bar on who wants to be our president.

“We do not want to be held down by the unnecessary argument of zoning. We want to offer a platform for the aspirants to sell themselves to Nigerians at minimum or no cost to them.”

He said the organisation has commenced preliminary discussion with the television and radio stations that would run the debate and as soon as agreement is reached with them, a guideline would be issued on how the aspirants would participate.

“We are tired of having unwilling leaders. We want anybody who aspires to lead this country to tell us what he can do to turn things around. What do they have to offer on improving the power situation?

“What do they have to offer in fighting corruption? What will they do to tackle the educational decadence in the country? These are some of the issues that would be covered in the debate” he said.


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