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Reasons why the presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming general election, Atiku Abubakar, did not travel to the United States of America have been revealed. Sources within Atiku's camp said, although the PDP's presidential candidate has been issued a visa, his inability to head to the US followed the launching of his campaign.

Reasons why the presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming general election, Atiku Abubakar, did not travel to the United States of America have been revealed. Sources within Atiku's camp said, although the PDP's presidential candidate has been issued a visa, his inability to head to the US followed the launching of his campaign.


According to a source, Atiku could not afford to miss the launch of the opposition party's campaign which took off yesterday Monday, December 3. The source furthered that Atiku posited that “I will certainly travel to the US but the campaign cannot kick off in my absence. That would be ridiculous".  Other sources said the PDP's flag bearer allegedly aborted his US trip because he needs assurances that he would not be embarrassed over allegations of corruption for which Congressman William Jefferson and Siemens have been convicted, a case which the PDP presidential candidate has denied.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that Atiku had appointed Phrank Shuaibu and three youths including a woman as his aides. The media adviser to Atiku, Paul Ibe, confirmed this in a statement to newsmen on Sunday, December 2, in Abuja.  Meanwhile, Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has unveiled a national competition that will allow Nigerians interrogate his campaign policy document. The competition, tagged 'Voice of the People Competition', kicks off on Sunday, 2 December and will end on 24 December, 2018.
It was gathered that Atiku had during the unveiling of his policy document via a Facebook Live broadcast on 19 November, 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.”
Announcing the competition, the Atiku Presidential Campaign stated that it was the first time in the world that a presidential candidate will be calling for a national debate on his/her policy action plan.
“This is the world's first. 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,” it stated. “Contributors are to state their names and location and one winner will be announced from each of all the six geo-political zones of Nigeria who will have the opportunity to have their recording played in a national telecast between January 1 to 6, 2019.
“Any Nigeria can enter the competition by simply recording a one minute video and posting it on their respective Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account by 24th December. “Competitors are requested to add to their post the hashtag, #LetsGetNigeriaWorkingAgain and the state where they reside. Interested individuals can post a video selfie or any other form of video – the only limit is your imagination.
“The judging panel, led by Senator Ben Murray 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.
“Other terms and conditions include: accepting the verdict of the judges to determine the winning videos; not paying for votes or boost entry via any unfair avenues; accepting that their photograph and image may be used for all promotional materials during and after the competition has ended; agreeing that entries must conform to the submission dates as prescribed by the promoters of the competition; accepting that all information provided is accurate and correct and any false information will lead to the disqualification of such entry; acceptance to travel to any location as may be required by the promoters of the competition in promoting the winners. The cost of travel will be provided by the promoters of the competition.
“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.”

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