Nigerian editors launch forum to interrogate presidential candidates, set to meet Atiku Tuesday
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar will Tuesday meet with members of Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE) and members of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industries (LCCI) in Lagos to present his policy and plans for the country.
A statement issued by the national president of the NGE, Mr. Mustapha Isah, and general-secretary, Mr. Iyobosa Uwugiaren, Monday, said the forum is intended for editors to interrogate the presidential candidate on the policy options he is presenting to Nigerians as the nation prepares for the 2023 general elections.
“Letters have been sent to many political actors to be part of this engagement. To kick start the conversation, we wish to invite all members of the Nigerian Guild of Editors to participate in the first edition of the Editors’ Forum on the 2023 general elections, which holds on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at Colonnades Hotel, 21 Alfred Rewane Road, Ikoyi, Lagos by 6 pm.
“The guest speaker for that day is the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. He is expected to entertain questions from editors on his policies, programmes, as well as the manifesto of his party,” it said.
The statement noted that, “One of the fundamental issues that featured prominently during our Editors’ Training Workshops and Town Hall Meetings, held across the six geo-political zones early this year, with the theme: ‘Media and the Task of Consolidating Nigeria’s Democracy,’ was the need for Editors to thoroughly interrogate the democratic landscape.
“This comprises the political actors, including the electoral body, the candidates for elections, the security agencies, the political observers and the electorate, ahead of the 2023 general elections.”
It said the whole idea is for the media to put all the political actors and other stakeholders on their toes and provide the electorate with useful information to enable them make informed decisions before, during and after the 2023 general elections.
It stated further that the Guild believes that the forum offers candidates an opportunity to engage media leaders on details of their plans and programmes if elected into office.
NGE, however, emphasised that the visitation of the PDP presidential flagbearer is at the instance of the NGE and solely funded by it.
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