This initiative conceives election pledges as those proposed policy packages agreed to and accepted by the members of a political party or its candidates, developed to address lingering societal problems, and well communicated to electorates in the pre-election period in order to gain their votes. From this definition, four key elements of election pledges stand out:

  1. Proposed policy priorities.
  2. Emanate from political parties, their candidates or both.
  3. An important tool for electoral campaign to win votes from eligible voters in elections.
  4. Usually a pre-election activity.

Sources of election pledges tracked and documented include:

  1. APC Manifesto: An Honest Contract with Nigeria
  2. My Covenant with Nigeria released by the Campaign Team of the APC Presidential Candidate, Muhammadu Buhari
  3. Unrefuted media reports including national newspaper reports and electronic media reports (television and radio) on election promises made by the President during campaign tours across the country
  4. Pronouncement of the constituted authority of APC in pre-election debates organised by Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-West Africa)

We employ a ranking system for rating performance per tracked promise, which is operationally defined below:

Ranking Definition
Achieved This is when a pledge has been met.
Not Achieved No action is taken at all towards achieving a promise by the end of tenure of office (4 years) or specific timeframe of a promise, as defined by political party or the President.
Ongoing Government is in a process of achieving a promise but the pledge has not been fully met.
Not Rated No action has been taken towards achieving a promise within a reporting period but NOT by the end of tenure or specific timeframe of a promise, as defined by the party or the President.

The status of each of the promises is reviewed and verified by the project team using the above ranking system to measure the actions of the government aimed at fulfilling these promises. The accuracy of reported actions is carefully verified and fact-checked before the status of each promise is updated. At the time of the status update, we first ensure that the relevance of specific actions of the government to a particular promise is ascertained by looking critically into the objectives of the action as established by the incumbent administration. Data for the analysis is sourced through measures including: review of relevant policy documents and reports, fact checking, on the spot visits, interviews of government officials and experts, and media tracking. Lastly, to ensure that all voices are heard above the din of partisan politics, a citizens’ perception survey is annually conducted.