The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) yesterday said two of the four leading candidates in Nigeria’s 2023 presidential race have confirmed their availability to speak at the NBA Annual General Conference holding in Lagos this month.

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and Peter Obi, presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), will be speaking in a panel session on the topic “Democratic Transitions in 21st Century Nigeria: 2023 and Beyond”.

Tobenna Erojikwe, Chairman, Technical Committee on Conference Planning (TCCP), said invites had also been sent to two other major candidates, but they were yet to confirm their availability.

Erojikwe said the presidential candidates’ session will come after the conference opening ceremony and will afford participants a rare opportunity to interact with the presidential candidates just six months ahead of Nigeria’s general elections next year.

“We are excited to announce that of the four leading presidential candidates we sent invites to, two have confirmed to us that they would be available to speak at the 62nd NBA Annual General Conference holding at the Eko Atlantic City in Lagos.

“We await a response from the other two and we are hopeful that it would be positive,” Erojikwe said.

“It is a first in the history of the NBA Annual General Conference and it is in line with our aspiration to make the 2022 AGC a legacy conference that sets a standard that will become a benchmark for subsequent conferences of the NBA.

“We are looking forward to seeing participants have a robust engagement with the candidates,” he said.

The 2022 NBA Annual General Conference, with the theme Bold Transitions will hold at the Eko Atlantic City in Lagos from August 19 to 26.