Sowore sues NEDG, BON over VP debate exclusion

Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress , has resorted to legal action in displeasure to the exclusion of his running mate from the Vice Presidential Candidates Debate.

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Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress , has resorted to legal action in displeasure to the exclusion of his running mate from the Vice Presidential Candidates Debate.

Sowore on Wednesday, December 19, filed a suit against the Nigeria Election Debate Group (NEDG), claiming that excluding his running mate from the debate was an act of discrimination and malice against the AAC and its candidates.

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However, a motion was also filed on notice for an order of injunction which restrains the NEDG and BON from organising the January 19, 2019 Presidential Debate without including Sowore The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore,

According the suit, with No. CV/652/2018, as filed by the national legal adviser of the party, Inibehe Effiong, along with its deputy national secretary, Joshua Adeoye at the FCT High Court, Maitama. In the suit filed by its legal adviser, the AAC 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.

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The party therefore pray 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.

In further demands, the party also asked that the court in the suit to declare that AAC and Sowore are entitled to equal media time to participate in the January 19, 2019 presidential debate.  Accorind to Inibehe Effiong, such gesture was necessary for its presidential candidate to propagate the manifesto of the AAC as provided for in Section 100(3) of the Electoral Act as amended and the Nigeria Broadcasting Code (6th Edition, 2016).

Furthermore AAC, in its filed motion demands notice for an order of injunction restraining the NEDG, BON and John Momoh from organising the January 19, 2019 debate without including its presidential candidate.

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