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COSON faults APC, PDP presidential candidates’ manifestoes

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Tony Okoroji

Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has faulted the manifestos presented by the presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.

Chairman of COSON, Africa’s collective management organisation for musical works and sound recordings, Tony Okoroji, gave the condemnation on Monday.

His reaction followed the #NextLevelNG manifesto of the APC and the #TheAtikuPlan manifesto of the PDP.

The body said it was shocked that none of the candidates have plans to grow, or develop the talents that exist in the Nigerian creative industry such as music, movies, theatre, fashion and content.

Okoroji said the lack of strong policy positions in these areas was evident disconnect between the leadership and the followership in Nigeria.

COSON announced that it would invite serious politicians to the COSON Arena to educate stakeholders in the creative industry on their plans for them.

It is the interaction of the industry with the politicians that will determine whom the thousands of members of COSON will endorse, support and campaign for, and also recommend to their fans for support.

COSON Chairman, Tony Okoroji said: “We are no longer going to stand on the sidelines. This is the era of the knowledge and creative economy and we will do whatever is necessary to make sure that our country is not just an onlooker in this new world, but a key partaker and serious player, starting from 2019.”


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