Media Trust Group, the parent company of Daily Trust, Aminiya and Trust TV, will on Saturday, February 4, organise a governorship debate among four leading candidates in Kano State.
Tagged, “Trust Nigeria 2023 Elections Debate,” the debate would give political parties and their candidates in the upcoming general elections the opportunity to get their plans and agenda across to the voters, said the Group CEO, Malam Mounir Gwarzo.
Already, the participating candidates: Nasir Yusuf Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bashir I. Bashir of the Labour Party (LP), Abba Kabir Yusuf (New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), and Mohammed Abacha (PDP) have all committed to being part of the maiden event, where they promised to give voters in Kano valid reasons why they should be the next governor of the state known for its booming commercial activities.
Gwarzo said the organizer had already got commitments from the candidates that the debate would be issue-based and focus on specific policy areas including Education, Commerce, Agriculture, Water and Sanitation, Housing and Infrastructural Development, and Social Policy.
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He said the debate would take place at the Faculty of Communications, Bayero University, Kano by 10am. He added that the choice of English Language for the debate was informed by many reasons, key of which is the position of Kano State and its politics in the country and the sheer fact that people across the country and all over the world are concerned about who will emerge as the next governor of the state.
He added that to ensure that the residents of Kano State who might not understand the language of the event would not miss out, the organizers had concluded to simultaneously run a live commentary and analysis in the Hausa Language, which would be broadcast live on partner radio stations: Freedom Radio, Nasara FM, Express FM and Vision FM while the live event would be broadcast on Trust TV and Abubakar Rimi Television (ARTV).
The debate would be moderated by Dr Suleiman Suleiman, Chairman Editorial Board/Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Daily Trust; while the Hausa live commentary and analysis would be moderated by Dr Maude Gwadabe, Head of Hausa Services, Media Trust Group.