Trump ‘Looking Forward’ To Next Presidential Debate

US President Donald Trump gives two thumbs up from the Truman Balcony upon his return to the White House from Walter Reed Medical Center, where he underwent treatment for Covid-19, in Washington, DC, on October 5, 2020. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP).

 

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wants the next debate against his Democratic challenger Joe Biden to go ahead despite his bout of coronavirus.

“I am looking forward to the debate on the evening of Thursday, October 15th in Miami. It will be great!” Trump tweeted.

The debate, which will be in a town hall format with audience members putting questions to the candidates, has been thrown into doubt after Trump’s hospitalization last Friday with the coronavirus.

He was discharged Monday and declared himself on Tuesday via Twitter to be “FEELING GREAT!”

If Trump’s health does hold up and the debate goes ahead it will mark one of the last set piece events before the November 3 election where Trump has a chance to try and turn around his seeming slide to defeat.

Polls consistently show him behind Biden and their first debate on September 29, which immediately descended into an ugly shouting match, shows no sign of having improved Trump’s standing with voters.

A third and final debate is scheduled for October 22 in Nashville.

On Wednesday, Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence hold their sole debate in Utah.

Pence has tested negative for coronavirus, but given Trump’s illness and a widespread outbreak in the White House, they will be separated by a plexiglass barrier.

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Which Candidate Do You Think Performed Best At The NEDG/BON Presidential Debate?

 

The presidential candidates of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Obiageli Ezekwesili; Alliance for New Democracy (ANN), Mr Fela Durotoye; and Young Progressives Party (YPP), Kingsley Moghalu, on Saturday participated in the NEDG/BON Presidential debate in Abuja.

Which of them do you think performed best at the debate?

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How I Plan To Tackle Girl-Child Education If I’m Elected President – Ezekwesili

 

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Obiageli Ekekwesili, says getting girls in school must be a priority for every nation, especially one like Nigeria which she says, is still “struggling with development”.

She said this during the NEDG/BON presidential debate on Saturday while stating her four-point agenda on tackling the problem of girl-child education in the country.

The ACPN candidate, who is also a former Minister of Education believes that a nation that “educates the girl-child has a higher track to progress and development”.

Nigeria’s education sector and specifically, education of the girl-child has suffered a setback in recent years.

With the insurgency in the North East and abduction of schoolgirls from Chibok in 2014 and Dapchi in 2018 respectively, many parents in the region have over time become skeptical of the idea of sending their children to school.

Ezekwesili, however, promises to rekindle the drive towards educating the girl child if she’s elected into office.

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One of the ways she intends to do so, according to her, is through incentivization of the parents, as well as the girls.

She said, “The number one thing that matters for girls in school is to give an incentive to their families to send them to school because barriers that keep girls away from school are social, cultural, economic and each of those have policy solutions to tackle them and we will use those tools.

“The second thing is to give incentives for the girls to want to go to school.

“Part of the way to do that is role modeling and so female teachers go a long way in making girls want to achieve more.

“We would also focus on the productivity on the parents of the girls because we have found that when women are economically empowered, they spend 70% of their income on the education of their children”.

The ACPN candidate emphasized that educating the girl-child is not just for ‘her’ benefit but for the overall good of the nation.

She said, “The fourth thing that we would like to do is to show to the Nigerian people that economic empowerment of women is simply smart economics.

“It enables the entire society to benefit. It is not the girl child that benefits from access to education, it is actually the community, the family and the nation”.

I Plan To Lift 80 million Nigerians Out Of Poverty If I’m Elected President – Ezekwesili

 

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Obiageli Ezekwesili, says if she’s elected into office, her administration plans to lift at least 80 million Nigerians out of poverty.

“Our plan is to lift at least 80 million Nigerians out of poverty,” she said during the NEDG/BON presidential debate on Saturday.

The ACPN candidate intends to do that by first improving the productivity of the majority of Nigerians which she says will enable them to pull themselves out of poverty.

She said, “The way that we plan to do this is that when you look at the Nigerians who are poor, it is very clear that they are poor because they earn below 700 Naira a day and live on it.

“What, therefore, needs to happen is that this majority of Nigerians, over 50% of them would need to improve their productivity.

“When people have higher productivity, they earn more. When they earn more, they lift themselves out of poverty”.

Read Also: We Must Disrupt Our Pattern Of Politics Or Continue To Fail – Ezekwesili

Ezekwesili further stated that she would remove the barriers that stand in the way of operators in the services sector, as about 60 % of the economy constitutes services.

“The structure of our economy is such that services constitute 60 % of it.

“The services are not high-end services, they are low productivity services and so our focus would be on removing the barriers that stand in the way of operators in the services sector.

“That would include improvement in policies that target the people in those sectors, removing regulatory barriers that stand in the way of formalization and prioritizing the investments that give public utility,” she said.

Other candidates present at the debate were Mr Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Democracy (ANN) and Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressives Party (YPP).

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari, and that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, were, however, absent.

‘We Have Been Ruled Not Led For The Past 50 Years’ – Durotoye

 

The presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Mr Fela Durotoye, says the reason Nigeria has not been able to attain her full potential is because the nation has been ruled for the past 50 years rather than being led.

Durotoye stated this on Saturday during the NEDG/BON presidential debate at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.

He said, “Why haven’t we fulfilled our nation’s potentials? Because we have been ruled and not led for the last 50 odd years” adding, “Rulers suppress the potentials of others whereas leaders support those people to release their potentials.”

Durotoye explained that he got into the race because of his zeal to serve the people of the country.

The ANN presidential candidate said he is a leadership expert that has helped others to discover their potentials.

READ ALSO: We Must Disrupt Our Pattern Of Politics Or Continue To Fail – Ezekwesili

“I am a leadership expert. I have served the people of Nigeria, I have helped businesses for the last 27 years of my career.

“I currently mentor over 10,000 business leaders and 20,000 business professionals on the Fela Durotoye Leadership network. I have dedicated my life to the service of the people of Nigeria,” he stated.

When asked why he is running for the highest office in the land, he explained that the nation’s leaders over the years have failed the masses.

Durotoye also stated his commitment to the prosperity of all Nigeria if given the opportunity to govern Africa most populous nation.

We Must Disrupt Our Pattern Of Politics Or Continue To Fail – Ezekwesili

 

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ekekwesili, says Nigeria must disrupt its pattern of politics in order to end what she described as a cycle of failure.

She believes that a major problem that the nation has witnessed over the years, is bad leadership which she says has increasingly led to poverty and lack of hope among citizens.

She said this during the NEDG/BON presidential debate on Saturday when asked why she wants to be president.

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The ACPN candidate, therefore, stated that if she is elected into office, she will bring an end to the cycle of failure in the country because she has a track record of solving problems.

She said, “The problem with our country was identified by Chinua Achebe when he said the problem of Nigeria is simply and squarely a problem of leadership.

“What we see in our country is massive failure of leadership. Our children have failed. Some 44 per cent of our children are stunted because they are malnourished. It leaves a lasting effect on them.

“Our young ones are hopeless in the midst of all of us because annually, some two to three million of them would graduate from school and find no jobs.

“Our women are being failed. Some 60 per cent of them are poor. Whether it’s in the north, south or east or west of Nigeria there is massive poverty. We have no business being the world capital of poverty.

“It is urgent for us to change the direction of our country.

“Because it is failure of leadership, it means that our politics has become politics by the politicians for the politicians and of the politicians. Many of you know me not to be a politician, however, I have been a technocrat that understands the political context of this country and it’s very clear that except we disrupt the pattern of politics that we have, we will continue to fail and we must no longer fail our people and that is why I am running for office. I bring with me a track record of being able to fix problems”.

Other candidates candidates present were Mr Fela Durotoye of the tAlliance for New Democracy (ANN) and Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressives Party (YPP).

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari, and that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, were, however, absent.

Buhari, Atiku Absent At Presidential Debate

APC Accuses Atiku Of Blackmail, Says ‘Buhari Remains Unshaken’

 

President Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, were absent from the NEDG/BON presidential debate which held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja on Saturday.

Both candidates had been invited for the debate along with the presidential candidates of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili; Alliance for New Democracy (ANN), Mr Fela Durotoye; and Young Progressives Party (YPP), Kingsley Moghalu.

However, all three other candidates were present.

Atiku had returned to the country after a two-day visit to the United States for the debate.

Although he was at the venue, the PDP candidate refused to participate in the debate.

Explaining the reason for his decision, Atiku said he refused to mount the podium because President Muhammadu Buhari was absent.

On the other hand, the APC said President Buhari could not attend the debate because of his “busy and hectic” official and campaign schedules which clashed with the programme.

Watch the debate via the live link below:

‘Choose A Date And Time’: Atiku Challenges Buhari To Debate

‘Choose A Date And Time’: Atiku Challenges Buhari To Debate

 

Former Vice President and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to a debate.

The PDP candidate threw the challenge to the President after both men failed to participate in the presidential debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) on Saturday.

“With respect to my fellow candidates, Fela Durotoye, Oby Ezekwesili, Kingsley Moghalu & to moderator Mark Sugar & with apologies to Nigerians here & at home expecting an interesting debate, I regret I will not be able to go on with this debate due to President Buhari’s absence,” he tweeted.

“I, however, challenge President Buhari to choose a date and time for a debate where he will be present and I will be there, hopefully with the other candidates as well.”

The former VP, who returned from a trip to the United States earlier in the day, had shown up at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja for the debate, but left without participating in it.

“We came here for a Presidential debate, not a candidacy debate, and I, Atiku Abubakar cannot challenge or question an administration where the man at the helm of the affairs of the nation is not present to defend himself or his policies. #2019Debate,” he tweeted.

“Afterall, you cannot shave a man’s head in his absence. I do not believe in attacking a man who is NOT here to defend himself.”

READ ALSO: Buhari Blames Schedule For Absence From Presidential Debate

As a result of his decision as well as President Buhari’s absence, only the candidates of the ACPN, Oby Ezekwesili; ANN, Fela Durotoye; and YPP, Kingsley Moghalu, participated in the debate.

All three condemned Atiku and Buhari for their absence.

In his tweets, Atiku apologised to the trio and Nigerians.

“As a leader and former vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, let me first apologise to all Nigerians, my fellow candidates and the moderator for the APC Presidential Candidate’s absence in this debate. His non-appearance is a slight on ALL of us and our democracy,” he said.

See his tweets below:

Atiku Makes U-Turn At Presidential Debate Venue, Blames Buhari

PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja, venue of the Presidential debate.

 

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, changed his mind about participating in the debate after arriving at the venue of the event.

Although he showed up at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja where the debate took place, after his return from the United States on Saturday, the PDP candidate left without mounting the podium.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who was also invited did not show up at all, leaving only the presidential candidates of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili; Alliance for New Democracy (ANN), Fela Durotoye; All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari; and Young Progressives Party (YPP), Kingsley Moghalu, to debate.

READ ALSO: Ezekwesili, Moghalu, Durotoye Blast Buhari And Atiku For Shunning Presidential Debate

In a series of tweet after his departure, Atiku blamed President Buhari’s absence for his decision to leave.

Atiku Leaves US For Nigeria Ahead Of Presidential Debate

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has left the United States and is expected back in Nigeria this afternoon ahead of the NEDG/BON presidential debate.

Atiku returns after a two-day visit to the US where he met with different groups, including some members of the Nigerian community.

While in Washington DC, Alhaji Abubakar attended a business round table at the US Chamber of Commerce where he shared his plans centered on his mantra to get Nigeria working again.

His trip to the United States came after more than a decade of not visiting the country.

READ ALSO: NEDG/BON Presidential Debate Holds Today

He was accompanied by some party leaders, including the Director general of PDP Presidential Campaign Council and Senate President, Doctor Bukola Saraki.

The presidential debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) will hold today in Abuja.

The debate is scheduled to hold by 7:00 p.m at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, the same venue where the vice-presidential debate held on Friday, December 14, 2018.

It will be transmitted live on all BON member stations and its affiliates and streamed live on all social media platforms.

The debate offers the platform for the presidential candidates to reveal to Nigerians their plans for the country as the nation prepares for the general elections this year.

Expected to partake of the presidential debate are the flagbearers of the Allied Congress Party Of Nigeria (ACPN), the Alliance For New Nigeria (ANN), All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and The Young Progressive Party (YPP).

NEDG/BON Presidential Debate Holds Today

 

The presidential debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) will hold today in Abuja.

The debate is scheduled to hold by 7:00 p.m at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, the same venue where the vice-presidential debate held on Friday, December 14, 2018.

It will be transmitted live on all BON member stations and its affiliates and streamed live on all social media platforms.

The debate offers the platform for the presidential candidates to reveal to Nigerians their plans for the country as the nation prepares for the general elections next year.

Expected to partake of the presidential debate are the flagbearers of the Allied Congress Party Of Nigeria (ACPN), the Alliance For New Nigeria (ANN), All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and The Young Progressive Party (YPP).

NEDG had earlier explained how five political parties were selected to participate in the presidential and vice-presidential debates.

Eddie Emesiri, the NEDG Executive Secretary, had earlier explained that the parties for the debate were picked through an independently administered multi-stage process.

Emesiri issued the statement in reaction to the criticism triggered by the number of political parties selected by the NEDG and BON.

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Below is the full statement of how the organisers of the debates came about the number of candidates selected.

Further to our earlier announcement of participating parties for the Presidential Debates, the organising partners of the Debates hereby reiterate the transparency and independence of the selection process that resulted in the five participating political parties.

Firstly, we would like to state that the Presidential Debates are organised by a partnership of the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), a broad coalition of over 100 public and private broadcasters in Nigeria with coverage of terrestrial radio, television, direct-to-home, digital terrestrial television and multimedia distribution system. The members of BON are responsible for over 250 radio and TV stations across Nigeria.

The choice of participating parties for the debate was made through an independently administered multi-stage process. The first stage was an independent online poll and the second involved the distribution of survey questionnaires per state, to professionals, artisans, students, etc; respondents were within the voting age and spread across urban, semi-urban and rural classifications. The third stage was to take an aggregate of the stage result and extend invitations to the top 5 parties for the debate.

Following our disclosure of the participating parties earlier in the week, our attention has been drawn to some reactions in the public space over the decision to limit the participation to five parties and exclusion of some party flag bearers from the debate. Considering the vast number of contending parties, the decision to limit to five parties was taken at the beginning of our process to ensure ease of management for the debates. All the stages of the selection process were focused on political parties, taking into consideration the importance of national spread and diversity. Focus was not on specific individuals or candidates.

We wish to emphatically state that the NEDG and BON were not influenced or induced by anyone to include or exclude any political party from the debate. We understand the disappointment of some political parties who would have wished to see their candidates share their visions for the country at the Debates. However, Nigerians have spoken through the multi-stage process and we urge all Nigerians to respect their choice as we abide by the outcome of the independent party selection process.

The Vice-Presidential Debate and the Presidential Debate are scheduled for Friday, December 14, 2018, and Saturday, January 19, 2019, respectively.

Eddie Emesiri

Executive Secretary

Nigeria Election Debate Group

Dateline: Abuja, December 12, 2018.”

Join the presidential debate live via the stream below at 7:00pm.

I Can’t Wait For Presidential Debate, Says Atiku

Over 40 Political Parties Adopt Atiku As Presidential Candidate

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar says he cannot wait for the 2019 presidential debate.

Atiku said this on Friday after his running mate took on four other vice presidential candidates at the vice presidential debate put together by Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON).

He also commended Obi for “laying out our vision to get Nigeria working again”.

 

Other candidates who were present at the debate include Ganiyu Galadima of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya of Alliance For New Nigeria (ANN), Professor Yemi Osinbajo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Umma Getso of Young Progressives Party (YPP).

The presidential debate is scheduled for January 19.