The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has introduced the use of online system of registration for its members across the country.
This mode of registration of members was once suggested by stakeholders and some aggrieved members within the party, known as PDP Renewal Group but was rejected by the national leadership of the party and its governors.
However, after the last general elections, some members of the party have been calling for the sacking of the entire members of the NWC in order to give another set of leaders the opportunity to pilot the affairs of the party.
The criticism that trailed the poor performance of the party during the elections forced the then Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, to resign.
Last week, another pressure group within the party known as the Restart PDP Project, submitted a blueprint to the governors and some prominent members of the party.
The group, which is headed by Mr. Nwosu Emmanuel and Dennis Ukpabio, insisted that the online registration must be brought back, among other reforms it suggested.
The party in a statement issued on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, announced the approval of the E-registration, adding that Edo State would be used as a pilot for the project.
It said the earlier scheduled congresses in the state has been deferred to a date to be announced later. The party said the decision to resuscitate the e-registration project is part of the reengineering efforts to rebuild the party.
The statement read, “The NWC, after very wide consultations with critical stakeholders, and in line with the wishes and aspirations of our teeming supporters across the country, has approved the resuscitation of the e-registration project.
“This project, which was initially presented in the 52nd National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of our great party on August 12, 2010, is aimed, among other things, at harmonising our membership data, returning ownership of the party to the people and strengthening our various structures at all levels across the country.
“The NWC believes that the e-registration is indeed a decisive step towards enthroning internal democracy and giving every member a voice in the party.
“While details of the process will be transmitted to our various structures across the nation, the NWC announces that Edo State would be used as a pilot for the exercise. Consequently, the earlier scheduled Edo state congresses are by this announcement, deferred until the completion of the pilot e-registration exercise in the state.
“The national leadership, by this, charges all members in Edo State to make themselves available for the e-registration as well as work hard to win new members and more supporters for the party in the state.”
The PDP NWC reaffirmed its irrevocable commitment towards ensuring that the control of the party is returned to the people, in line with the ideals of the founding fathers.
The party further urged all members to remain focused and continue to work together in furthering the rebuilding effort.