The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced that the late literary giant, Professor Chinua Achebe has been voted Nigerian Patriot., while Destiny Young who nominated him is now qualified for a dinner with the PDP governor of his choice.
Achebe was nominated in the social media in the PDP sponsored promo, Nigerian Patriot Search. Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh who made the announcement said Achebe received the highest number of votes.
“Consequently, Mr. Destiny Young, a senior architect at Centre Point Technologies at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, who nominated Achebe has emerged winner of the promo that ran on the PDP official Facebook page (officialpeoplesdemocraticparty) from April 17 to May 15, 2013.
Announcing the winner Metuh, said the exercise was aimed at searching for the most patriotic Nigerian whose selflessness inspired many Nigerians since independence and to engage Nigerians in a soul searching exercise to immortalize Nigerian citizens that have positively impacted on the society.
“We initiated this promo with the objective to identify that Nigerian whose selflessness is worth emulating and who should be seen as a Hero by every Nigerian. This is part of a re-orientation campaign we have initiated towards our goal of sustaining national unity. I wish to congratulate Mr. Young Destiny as the winner of this contest and also appreciate every Nigerian who took part in this exercise.
“The promo which ended on Wednesday at 6.00 pm, attracted many comments and “likes” and was shared by a lot of Facebook users. The person whose comment had the highest number of “likes” was to be declared the winner and have an opportunity of meeting and having dinner with a PDP Governor or Minister of their choice”, he said.
Metuh observed that the exercise was completely transparent and that the winner emerged based on automatic on-line and real time counting by Facebook which eliminated any form of participation or interference by the organizers. He congratulated the runner-ups which includes Musa Mikaya who nominated Gen. Yakubu Gowon; Toba Owojaiye, who nominated of General Theophilus Danjuma as well as Miss Nonye Amaliri, who nominated the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, to emerge the only lady on the first four runners-up.