By G9ija

The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) accuses the PDP and the APC of making Nigeria the poverty capital of the world

The group says it will be having a consultation meeting with new presidential candidates who have not been running for the office before as well as those not on the PDP and the APC platform

The NCEF advises Nigerians to support new presidential candidates as viable options for the 2019 general elections

A coalition of Christian leaders have excluded the presidential candidate of the APC, President Muhammadu Buhari and that of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, from a consultation meeting with presidential candidates.

The leaders under the name, the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF), said Atiku and Buhari were excluded because the parties they belong to, the PDP and the APC, which had turned the country into the poverty capital of the world, The Punch reports.

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Bosun Emmanuel, the secretary of the group in a statement said the presidential candidates that will be invited for the meeting are those who have not been running for the office before as well others who do not belong to the PDP and the APC, The Punch reports.

The group advised Nigerians to support new presidential candidates as viable options for the 2019 general elections.

“This meeting is as a result of the calls from concerned Nigerians that the NCEF should engage the new presidential candidates. By this notice, the NCEF is inviting new presidential candidates to a consultation meeting,” the NCEF said.

“By new presidential candidates, the NCEF refers to candidates who have not been running for the office before as well as those not on the platform of the PDP and the APC. The concern of the NCEF is that both parties mismanaged the economy and the society in the past 20 years.”

“Jointly, they devalued the Naira by over 1,600 per cent, while increasing the cost of fuel by 625 per cent. They permitted insecurity in the country and escalated religious and ethnic tensions all over the nation. The two parties looted the treasury empty and impoverished Nigerians.”

Vanguard reports that the group stated that the consultation meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 30, at Onigbagbo House, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja in Lagos by 12pm.

The prominent members of the NCEF include: Solomon Asemota, former minister of defence Gen Theophilus Danjuma, Joseph Otubu, Joshua Dogonyaro, Archbishop Magnus Atilade, Kate Okpareke, Ayo Abifarin, Zamani Lekwot, Moses Ihonde, Nat Okoro and Matthew Owojaiye among others.

Meanwhile, a pro-democracy group has warned that the opposing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cannot drag the flag bearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari, to a presidential debate.

The National Democratic Front (NDF) said the clamour for a presidential debate involving President Buhari ahead of the 2019 presidential election is uncalled for.

Speaking in Abuja during a press conference, the national president of the NDF, Audu Awulu, said the insistence that President Buhari must take part in a presidential debate can be likened “to a drunk requesting for a marathon with a sprinter.”

Awulu said the PDP failed four consecutive presidential debate for 16 years and could not by any means drag President Buhari into its level.

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