By Olisemeka Obeche
Former vice president and the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has introduced a national competition that will allow Nigerians to interrogate his policy document.
The competition tagged ‘Voice of the People Competition’, kicks off on December 2 and will end on December 24, is expected to avail the electorates the much needed opportunity to make their inputs on the PDP presidential candidate’s electoral agenda.
The Atiku Presidential Campaign says the initiative was the first time in the world that a presidential candidate will be calling for a national debate on his/her policy action plan. According to the group, “Atiku, as a candidate who keeps his campaign promises, will on Sunday 2nd December at 1pm launch a competition via a video broadcast on his Facebook Page that will see 6 members of the Nigerian public given a one minute slot on national television to say what they think needs to be done to help get Nigeria working again.”
Contributors are expected to state their names and location with a winner emerging from each of all the six geo-political zones of Nigeria. According to the group, the winners will have the opportunity to have their recording played in a national telecast between January 1 and 6, 2019.
The judging panel, led by a senator, Ben Bruce, will review the entries and select one winner from each geo-political zone. One key criterion for the winners will be the number of engagements their entry generates.
“Contributors must be Nigerians and must agree to terms and conditions that their entry video can be used in any manner by the PDP Campaign Organisation in all media.
“The judging criteria will be based on the following: the originality of the idea to help Get Nigeria Working Again and how feasible it would be to implement; the clarity of how the idea is communicated; the creativity of the video and the number of engagements in social media the video has generated,” the organisers said.
Abubakar, it will be recalled had, during the unveiling of his policy document via a Facebook Live broadcast on November 19, said: “I want these policies to be our policies – yours and mine. I want to hear your ideas to get Nigeria working again. So I will give the opportunity to anyone in Nigeria to have their say on national television.”