Nigerians react to the Presidential Debate organized by Nigeria Election Debate Group (NEDB . The debate took place at The Africa Hall International Conference, Abuja. The event was broadcasted live on AIT, NTA, Channels, Silverbird across Nigeria. The debate was divided into two sessions, first session took place between 12 p.m and 2p.m while the latter was started at 3p.m and ended 5p.m
The debate was scheduled to be between twelve opposition parties but only five of the presidential aspirants graced the event including President Goodluck Jonathan and others; Comfort Oluremi of the Kowa Party, Martins Onovo of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Godson Okoye of the United Democratic Party (UDP) and Chekwas Okorie of the United Peoples Party (UPP).
Goodluck Jonathan urged Nigerians to vote for continuity, he stated reason why he should be given a second chance as;
Nigerians should vote for me because of the progress we have made since 2011. Before 2011, Nigerians were not interested in the conduct of free and fair elections, but with the electoral reforms introduced by this administrations, there are electoral reforms have made a free and fair elections possible. Today, due to this administration’s efforts, over 90 percent of the rail system has been rejuvenated and efforts are on to link every state capital with a railway network system. If Nigeria is to move forward, there is the need for stability. My re-election will give room for consolidation.
APC Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari was obviously absent from the debate.