BBC Africa launches governorship debates in 10 states

Ahead of the general elections, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Africa has said it would host governorship debates in 10 states across Nigeria.

The debate will be conducted in four languages- Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo and Pidgin.

The debate would also enable political candidates vying for different political offices to discuss issues affecting them in their own local language.

In a statement issued to the media on Tuesday, BBC said the debate would see governorship candidates questioned on issues around economy, education, health, Infrastructure and creation of jobs in the country.

Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye, Head of BBC West Africa, said the debate aims to bring governance closer to the people.

“By conducting the debates in local languages, we aim to engage audiences, clarify the issues and further bridge the gap between candidates and the electorate. It brings governance closer to the people,” she said.

The debate, themed ”Building impactful governance’,’ will host the first set of debates on January 10 by the Hausa service followed by two more debates each, through its newly launched services by BBC Igbo & Pidgin.

Each will host two debates in front of a live audience.

In its demand for public accountability, the British medium urges public engagement using #BBGovDebate to share its activities at various social media platform such as Facebook and Instagram page, services website and via BBC partners.


Hausa Service

Date: January 10

State: Nasarawa


APC A.A. Sule

NPRM Labaran Maku

PDP David Umbugadu

ZLP Umaru Awe Doma

Date: January 17

State: Gombe


APC Inuwa Yahaya

APGA Wali Modibbo

PDP Usman Bayero Nafada

PRP Abdulghaniyu Bello

Date: January 31

State: Kano


APC Abdullahi Ganduje

NPM Mustapha Getso

PDP Abba Kabir Yusuf

PRP Salihu Sagir Takai

Igbo Service

Date: January 18

State: Imo


AA Uche Nwosu

APC Hope Uzodimma

APGA Ifeanyi Araraume

PDP Chukwuemeka Ihedioha

Date: January 25

State: Abia


APGA Alex Otti

APC Uche Ogar

PDP Okezie Ikpeazu

SDP Blessing Nwagba

Pidgin Service

Date: January 17

State: Akwa Ibom


APC Nsima Ekere

PDP Udom Emmanuel

PRP Ekong Eyo

YDP Nya Etok

Date: January 31

State: Rivers


APC Tonye Cole

PDP Nyesom Wike

ADC Eniye Braide

ADP Victor Fingesi

Yoruba Service

Date: January 10

State: Kwara


ACCORD Ayorinde Adedoyin

ANRP Abdulmumin Yinka Ajia

APC Abdulrahman Abdulrazak

LABOUR Issa Aremu

PDP Razak Atunwa

Date: January 17

State: Lagos


APC Babajide Sanwo-Olu

ADP Babatunde Gbadamosi

ADC Muyiwa Fafowora

PDP Olujimi Agbaje

Date: February 1

State: Oyo


ADC Olufemi Lanleyin

ADP Alao Akala

APC Adebayo Adelabu

PDP Seyi Makinde



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