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Atiku Withdraws From Presidential Town Hall Series ‘The Candidates’ As Others Attend




As political parties and their respective Presidential candidates vie to lead Nigeria’s next administration by winning the 2023 Election, ‘The Candidates’ presidential town hall series, an original Daria Media concept, supported by the MacArthur Foundation, NTA and YouTube, launched on the 17th of November, 2022 going out live on NTA, FRCN, Radio Now, DSTV, Silverbird, Youtube, Facebook and more.

So far, The Candidates, a two-hour live televised town hall meeting series, of the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates of the six leading political parties, featured:

Prince Adewole Adebayo and running mate, Alh. Yusuf Buhari, of the Social Democratic Party on the of 17th November, 2022

Mr. Omoyele Stephen Sowore and running mate, Barrister Haruna Garba Magashi, of the African Action Congress Party on the 18th of November, 2022

Sen. Rabiu Musa Nwankwaso and running mate, Bishop Isaac Idahosa, of the New Nigeria Peoples Party on the 19th of November, 2022

Mr. Peter Obi (CON) and running mate, Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, of the Labour Party on the 21st of November 2022

Today, joining this esteemed line up of Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates on The Candidates Presidential Town Hall Series is presidential hopeful Abdul-Lateef Kolawole Abiola and running mate Haro Haruna Zego of the Peoples Redemption Party.

Due to unavoidable conflicts Alh. Atiku Abubakar and running mate, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa of the People’s Democratic Party, will not be participating in The Candidates Presidential Town Hall Series.

The final townhall tomorrow will feature Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima of the All Progressives Congress Party .

Kole Shettima, the Africa Director of the MacArthur Foundation says “the foundation is privileged to support an opportunity for Nigerians to interact with the leading Presidential candidates in the 2023 general elections.”

Kadaria Ahmed, a leading Nigerian broadcaster and journalist, is moderating each town hall. She has been moderating Presidential Debates and town halls since the 2011 elections. ‘The Candidates’ this year is produced by Obi Asika, Ceo Cabal Ent who has produced several major live events, festivals, tv shows, reality formats and has been at the forefront of media production for decades. He and his team will seek to bring that quality to The Candidates.


Obi Asika, CEO of Cabal Entertainment and Executive Producer of The Candidates says, “ I am hugely excited to be working with Kadaria Ahmed, one of Nigeria’s most distinguished journalists and broadcasters with a long and impressive track record in print, tv and radio. We are delivering a town hall series that is making all Nigerians proud regardless of which candidate they support as we enable the best possible platform for all the leading candidates to come and share their best plans for Nigeria with Nigerians.”


The Candidates is a live streaming and live broadcast production, providing a unique platform for direct interaction between the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates of the leading political parties in Nigeria and her citizens. In the Candidates Presidential Townhall series we are delivering six presidential townhalls and 7 pundit shows with leading national commentators hosting these conversations before each town hall. Each edition of the series also has 6 remote locations in Nigerian universities with live interactive audiences in Maiduguri, Enugu, Bayelsa, Kano & Abuja who are part of the live townhall series.


There is an audience of 100 people for each town hall, including CSOs and the Diplomatic Corps, it is an opportunity for Nigerians to hear directly from the aspirants and to ask them questions on governance and nation building. The Candidates has partnered with Zikoko Citizen to distill the conversation for the young, social media engaged audience, and with Africa Fact Check to ensure accuracy and accountability.


The Candidates,is broadcast across Nigeria on all platforms: live on NTA, and over 30 FRCN radio stations, other partner TV stations, as well as streamed online on YouTube and social media platforms to enable Nigerians in the diaspora to participate.


For more information, go to @TheDariaMedia on Twitter and Facebook, @dariamediang on Instagram, and @NTAnewsnow

For further details regarding attendance, please contact Kamri Apollo ( 08095219463) and Bimbola Amao ( 08060997556).



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