BY TORDUE SALEM
ABUJA -The People’s Mandate Party, PMP has threatened to drag Nigerian Election Debate Group (NEDG), organisers of the Presidential Debate, slated for tomorrow , to court for excluding the party’s presidential candidate at the eleventh hour.
Speaking in Abuja Sunday, the Director of Media and Communications of the Batos Nwadike Presidential Campaign Organisation, Engr Esanerovo Agbodo said NEDG’s decision to drop the PMP’ presidential candidate, Dr. Nwadike from the list of participants in the debate at the dying-minute, was inimical to the growth of political parties in Nigeria.
The spokesman of the group, said the Party was considering the decision with its Lawyers, and may soon go to Court to challenge the decision of the debate organisers.
“We know that the decision to exclude PMP and other political parties from the debate is the agenda of few compromised persons in NEDG and not the entire organizations that form the group.
The Nigerian Union of Journalist(NUJ), Nigerian Bar Association(NBA), Nigerian Guild of Editors, Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) and Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria(NPAN) are all credible organizations and people oriented, so we are surprised with this decision to exclude some political parties from this debate.”
“Debates are forums to harness new ideas for national growth, not just to win elections. Denying these Presidential Candidates from the debate is denying Nigerians their democratic rights to hear from those aspiring to the highest office in the land and this is not fair”, he added.
He continued: “This is the time to tell the Debate group that politics in Nigeria is no longer business as usual. You cannot invite political parties to an activity and midway you issue a press statement that they are no longer qualified by your own standards to participate in the debate, without a formal communication.
What of the time and energy we used to restructure our campaigns to accommodate the debate? What of the psychological effects on all our supporters across the country? We will not allow this insult to lie low. We will seek justice and possible damages from a competent court.”