Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) on Wednesday in Abuja inaugurated a committee to conduct a nationwide biometric registration of all members of the party.
Inaugurating the committee members, the PDP acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus urged the members to make the registration process transparent and marketable to Nigerians.
“We believe that for us to succeed in our objective of rebuilding the party, we must be courageous enough to implement the e-membership registration of our party members.
“Everybody agrees that this is imperative for any organisation that wants to run effectively in the Information Technology driven world we find ourselves.
“It is obvious that this is the only single thing that will empower the grassroots politicians through a viable internal democracy in the subsequent operations of the party,” Secondus said.
He said that with the online registration, every member of the party now had equal right to vote and be voted for.
“Gone are the days that the PDP belonged to the high and the mighty, the party now belongs to the common people,’’ he said.
Secondus charged the committee members to work with the consultant, e-collect Technologies Ltd. and the states’ party chairmen that would further coordinate the state chapters for the effective implementation of the system.
According to him, the committee has six months within which they are expected to go round the entire country and duly register all party members in accordance with the dictates of the party.
Responding, the Chairman of the committee, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, who is also the Chairman of Daar Communications, assured the party of the committee’s readiness to register all members nationwide.
Dokpesi said that the committee would immediately swing into action to attain the task given to them within the stipulated time.
While the PDP BoT Secretary, Sen. Wali Jubrin, was to serve as the committee secretary, its members include governors of Gombe, Ibrahim Dankwambo and that of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose.
Six national vice chairmen of the party were also among the committee members.
Other members include Sen. Godswill Akpabio and Mr Leo Ogor, Senate Minority Leader and the House of Representatives Minority leader respectively, among others.