….As party begins e-registration exercise
By Myke Uzendu, Abuja
Edo State governor and Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) e-registration exercise, Godwin Obaseki has pledged to expand and produce reliable party membership register ahead of 2023 general election.
The Committee chairman in his address during the inauguration of the 19 member committee on Wednesday at the party’s National Headquarters promised that the committee will reach out to PDP members across the nation and ensure that the exercise will reposition the party to its winning ways.
“It is very worthy that our party being a big party has decided to digitalized membership and position the party to take over in 2023”.
He promised the party leaders that the exercise will be all inclusive and a chores on the brilliant you g men and women in the country who exist and Liv in the digital world.
He said the Committee will leverage on the existing platform of the party and produced a membership register that the party will be proud of .
Also in his address, National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus said that despite being in opposition in Nigeria, PDP remains the largest political party on the African continent.
He boasted that in terms of membership drive and outreach across states of the federation, PDP members outnumbered that of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said “when we say that PDP is the largest party in the continent, we are not grandstanding but stating the obvious, there is no nook and cranny of this country that you won’t find PDP members.
“In 2019 general election, the PDP was the only political party that fielded candidates in all the positions: Presidency, Governorship, Senate and House of Representatives and in all the 36 states Houses of Assembly.
“Even in states where we are not in power, our members still out number even the ruling party in such states.
“We are the only party since inception in 1998 that has been consistent in name, motto, manifestos and logo”
The party chairman said due its size and reach, and the fact the party is dynamic and moves with the times, it is the desire of the party to digitalize its membership in a proper database.
He said e- registration is a project that is very dear to the party and has been on the card since 2010.
“Reports we get across the country shows that many more Nigerians want to belong to this party and this program will provide them such opportunity”, he said
He told the chairman of the Committee led by the governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki and his Vice, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State that “in appointing you as the Chairman of this project, the party took into consideration your background and your love for data and record keeping.
“We have absolute confidence that you and your team will deliver in this assignment that is expected to update the data base of our party across the country.
“Membership registration into our party is a continuous program, what we are embarking on is to digitalize it for proper analysis of issues.
“The place of women and youths in our party cannot be over emphasized and this program is going to help toward proper planning in our party.
“Your Excellencies, leaders of our party here present, before I inaugurate this August body, may I use this opportunity to call on President Muhammadu Buhari and his APC party to immediately unban the micro blogging Twitter and stop limiting Nigerians from expressing themselves”
Other members of the committee include, the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Agbi Emmanuel, , Prof. Wale Oladipo, Sani Kutigi, Cyril Maduabum, Hon. Austin Opara. The National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd) will serve as Secretary to the Committee.