Lagos - An Electioneering Group, Voters
Awareness Initiative, on Tuesday said it had concluded plans to organise a
debate for presidential and governorship candidates in the 2015 general
Mr Wale Ogunade, President, Voters Awareness Initiative,
made this known while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Ogunade said that the debate would provide the candidates
and their parties with opportunities to highlight their manifestos to the electorate.
"By the grace of God, in the next few weeks, we will
organise a debate for all political office seekers.
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"That will be our own contribution towards the general
election because we want the election to be issue based.
"We want to start the debate with the presidential
candidates and also for gubernatorial candidates in Lagos State. We also hope
to extend it to two other geopolitical zones if the funds are there,"
Ogunade said Voters Awareness Initiative would partner with
other like groups and the media to ensure that the debate was successful.
He said the issue of voter apathy had reduced drastically
due to massive sensitisation and mobilisation from the Independent National
Electoral Commission and other groups.
"You saw the interest and the intensity with which
people wanted to get their permanent voter cards and to register.
"It is no more business as usual for our politicians,
people want to speak with their votes and make sure that their votes count in
the polls," Ogunade said.