Despite ongoing leadership crises at its top echelon the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, August 9, began the pilot scheme of its electronic registration and revalidation of members.
Its National Chairman Mr Uche Secondus, in a brief remark at the opening ceremony in Abuja stated that the exercise would deepen the process of internal democracy in the party.
The first scheme of the registration would be in Anambra, Osun, Ekiti, Edo, Adamawa, and Sokoto State, among others.
Secondus, said there was a need for parties to embrace the online registration of members.
The National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, disclosed that over One million Nigerians had indicated interest to join the party, in less than 24 hours when the logo of the party was put online, during the test run.
“The country must migrate from analogue to digital because data is key to development; proper planning, and a country’s ability to attract development from the global community.
“As a party, we cannot do otherwise; we are operating in social media space and cannot do without data,” the chairman said.
According to him, the online registration would provide Nigerians with a transparent platform to exercise democratic potential, especially the youths, adding, “Usually in the days of analogue, a person doesn’t get registered. If those in charge do not like the face, the person will be denied membership. All that has been eliminated,” he added.
Chairman, Board of Trustee of the party, Senator Walid Jibrin, pointed out that the e-registration was a demonstration by PDP that it was getting ready for the 2023 general elections.
He expressed the confidence that the crisis rocking the party would soon be resolved and that the party would come out stronger.
According to him, “We have spent so many sleepless nights in ensuring that we resolve the crisis within our party to make it great again and also take advantage of the failures of the opposition,” .