The Presidential Candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Mr Omoyele Sowore has sued the Nigeria Election Debate Group (NEDG) over the exclusion of his party’s Vice-Presidential Candidate, Mr. Rabiu Rufai in the debate, which held on Dec. 14.
The party, in the suit filed by its legal adviser, claimed that the exclusion of its vice presidential candidate in the debate was an act of discrimination and malice against the party and its candidates.
The party is praying the court to declare that the deployment of the state media apparatus by the organisers of the debate to the advantages of the five selected parties who participated in the debate and exclusion of its candidate contravenes Section 100(2) of the Electoral Act 2010.
The suit, with No. CV/652/2018, was filed by Mr Inibehe Effiong, the National Legal Adviser of the party, in company of its Deputy National Secretary, Mr Joshua Adeoye at the FCT High Court, Maitama.
Other respondents in the suit are Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), BON Chairman and CEO of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh.
Recall that the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) who are the organisers of the debate had named only five political parties as those that will participate in 2019 vice presidential and presidential debates.
The parties are; Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Young Progressives Party (YPP).
The Presidential Debates is set to hold on the 14th of January 2019.