Acting national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus yesterday in Abuja said the new biometric registration of members of the party will free the party from the stranglehold of the high and mighty in the party.
Secondus made the declaration when he inaugurated a 16-member PDP E-membership committee headed by High Chief Raymond Dokpesi at the party’s national secretariat.
He said the e-registration initiative was mooted by the national working committee of the party under the chairmanship of Okwesilieze Nwodo and approved by the National Executive Committee, NEC, in 2010 but the project was postponed because of the proximity to the general election and complaints by some stakeholders in the party.
The Acting National Chairman emphasized that the e-registration will lead to “taking the party backs to the common man. Gone are the days when the party belongs to the high and mighty.”
“By this action, the party is open for all people in Nigeria,” adding that the process affords old and new members the opportunity to become registered members of the party.
“This party belongs to all. They will have equal rights to vote and to be voted for. Nobody will be excluded unlike the manual process of registration in the past.”
He further said the process was imperative for any party that wants to operate in an internet age, stressing that INEC has gone digital.
Explaining why the project was dropped in 2010, he said while the party’s NEC gave final approval for the e-registration scheme, it had to be shelved because of the closeness of the 2011 election.
He however regretted that since then it was not revisited.
On his part, the chairman of the e-registration committee, Dopkesi, said the process affords persons who align with the ideas of the founding fathers of the party to become members of the party.