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Sowore to sue Channels TV boss for excluding him from debate

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The African Action Congress has written a letter to the Chairman of Channels Television , Mr . John Momoh , threatening to sue him , the Broadcast Organisation of Nigeria and the Nigeria Elections Debate Group if its Presidential candidate , Omoyele Sowore , is not listed among those that will participate in the Presidential debateThe NEDG , organisers of the presidential debate in collaboration with the BON , had revealed that it selected five candidates on “ character , conduct and other things of the candidates ” .

Those invited include : President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress , former Vice -President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party; and a former Minister of Education , Mrs . Oby Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria .

The two others invited include : the Presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria , Fela Durotoye ; and Young Progressives Party candidate , Kingsley Moghalu .
However , in a letter signed by the National Legal Adviser of the AAC , Mr . Inibehe Effiong , the party described the exclusion of Sowore as a breach of Section 100 of the Electoral Act which states that all political parties be given fair representation and media exposure .

The party said if Sowore was not included , the AAC would go to court to stop the event from holding .

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The letter read in part, “ From the foregoing , it is apparent that the decision to exclude the AAC from the NEDG / BON 2019 Presidential election debate is unconstitutional , illegal, arbitrary , undemocratic, unjustifiable and indefensible .

“ Accordingly , I hereby demand the inclusion of the AAC in the scheduled NEDG / BON 2019 Presidential election debate.

“ Please take notice that if the AAC is not included in the said debate as demanded, we shall commence legal action against you , the BON and the NEDG in a court of competent jurisdiction to seek redress , including an order of injunction restraining you , BON and the NEDG from holding or organising the scheduled debate. ”

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