When a people decide that progress is needed in whatever venture or quest they are dedicated to, they advance to another level of change for that quest. This was the decisive factor of the fifth edition of the ReadytoRun TV Show. This special edition had five young Presidential Candidates in a first-time ever town hall debate and the candidates respectively brought to the stage their various outtakes on why they are running for office.
With an excellent history of accomplishments, Chike Ukaegbu comes with a fire of intelligence of why he is running for office. “Our leaders learn leadership have learned leadership from the perspective of colonialism, it is like asking an analog system to lead a digital population into the future.” He opines. “When a head is wrong, it affects the entire body. This is a fight for lives, with the NotTooYoungRun Bill, we can longer blame anyone for making the decisions that will affect us tomorrow.”
For Emmanuel Etim, he gives points of designing policies ranging from health, infrastructure e.t.c. He also understands that he has the solution to bring basic social amenities for the people of Nigeria. “People do not just want to be poor, they are induced into poverty. There is no reason why a young Nigerian cannot get an education and a wonderful life because of who (his) parents were.”
The only female candidate, Eunice Atuejide has researched the way things are done within the political parties, and concluded that she needs to be in that space to create a large group of people to work together and establish systems and solutions to govern the nation for a prosperous future.
Some of the candidates like Ademola Babatunde of NCMP gave reasons of running for office as a passion that stemmed from a young age, dating back to active participations in Universities and setting up unions that questioned the need for a change in governance from the grassroots. Collectively, the stated that one does not necessarily need to have had political experience to be qualified for Presidency. Ademola stated that leadership is decision-making, and with a background of interest in governance, he believes he is qualified to run and win. Chike, who stated his accomplishments in both academic and social exploits, gave reasons why this was enough experience to qualify him to run. Ahmed also mentioned how one does not need to have been actively political to have experience, but of course should have been more in tune with the people and matters affecting social issues, in order to be conversant on the narrative. Eunice, who is the founder of her party, talked about how she mobilized people to lead from everywhere in Nigeria, how they worked together to achieve the success they have together.
The next segment was the GOTV5 campaign, presented by Bella Ndubuisi, who gave steps on how one can engage more with the election process/voting on Election Day. All in all, the candidates were prepared, concise in their manifesto, and filled with groundbreaking ideas for a reformed country and government.