Breaking : NEDG, BON Postpone Today's Presidential Debate ..Charged Participants N500,000 For Advert


The Nigerian Elections Debate Group and the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria have postponed a presidential debate earlier scheduled to hold today, Thursday, January 26, 2023.

It was gathered that candidates who would be participating in the debate were eligible to run their political jingle in the cause of the programme, and this was to go for N500,000.

In a letter obtained by reporters, sent to one of the presidential candidates,  signed by the NEDG Executive Secretary,  Edidi Emessiri, and dated January 18, the debate was to hold in Abuja in an undisclosed venue as the organisers wanted the information “private and confidential.”

The letter, titled, ‘Invitation to participate in the 2023 presidential rescheduled debates’ partly read, “Sir, we write in respect of the above subject matter and to request the honour of your presidential candidate’s distinguished presence and participation in the Presidential Debate scheduled to hold on Thursday, January 26, 2023.

“Broadcast take-off time is 6pm. You are expected to arrive the venue at 5pm to enable us complete make-up preparations for your live broadcast. Venue in Abuja will be communicated to you in due course as we want this information to be private and confidential.”

When contacted on Thursday to enquire about the event, the NEDG secretary, Emessiri, confirmed to our correspondent that the debate had been postponed “based on logistics,”  but did not give the new date as he maintained discussions were still on.

Why candidates are charged N500,000 for advert – NEDG

When asked about the fate of the candidates who may not be able to afford the advert fee, and why the fee was being included, livid Emessiri said,  “The NEDG is in collaboration with all the radio and television stations in the country, and there are logistics costs to be incurred. Who is going to pay for the satellite uplink? We are paying for the hall.”

He maintained that the debates organised by other private media houses were being funded by civil society organisations.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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