As the political landscape gets busier, Abia Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria, has announced new dates, November 30 and December 1st, 2022 for the Abia Town Hall Summit for Governorship and National Assembly candidates in the 2023 General Elections.
Chief Convener of the Summit, Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria OMPAN Abia on Monday explained that the event was rescheduled in order to perfect logistics and tactical plans even as fourteen governorship and many National Assembly candidates confirmed their participation.
In a Press Statement, Chairman of OMPAN Abia ,Chief Paddy Anyatonwu explained that the Summit date was extended by ten days in order to accommodate all the Governorship and National Assembly candidates whose confirmation of participation came after arrangements had been concluded.
OMPAN and other civil society organisations proposed the Summit in order to provide a formal platform for candidates of political parties to share their mission, vision and motives for seeking elective political offices from Abians and the general public
Chief Anyatonwu explained that the difference between the Town Hall interface and the open air campaigns is that the atmosphere of the Town Hall session would provide Abians and the general public opportunity to closely interrogate the candidates by asking specific questions and seeking clarifications on how they would implement their proposed manifestos and campaign promises.
“The campaigns in the open is more like carnivals with party supporters singing and dancing. And the people do not get the opportunity to ask those seeking elective offices questions, but during the town session, the candidates would provide explanations on how they would execute the proposals in their manifestos, and campaign promises”, Chief Anyatonwu stated.
Detailed breakdown of the new dates are as follows:
DATE: (National Assembly candidates)
- Wednesday November 30, 2022
- 9 am – 1Pm
- 2pm – 6pm
DATE: (Governorship candidates)
- Thursday, Dec 1, 2022
TIME: 9 am
- Damgrete Royal Hotel, Umuahia
The Town Hall sessions would be broadcast live on radio stations across Abia and over 34 Online newspaper platforms reaching millions of Abians world wide.