The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday said the National Working Committee (NWC) did not give consent and approval to any state chapter of the party to organise or conduct any membership registration.
The party in a statement by its National Organizing Secretary, Col Austin Akobundu (retd.), mandated all state Chairmen to take firm control and maintain strict supervision of the party’s membership, issuance of valid membership cards, and ward registers.
“The attention of the National Working Committee (NWC) of our great Party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to a purported ongoing registration of our members in some State Chapters of our Party without the knowledge, consent and approval of the leadership of the Party.
“The NWC wishes to state categorically that the Party did not authorize any individual and or organization to conduct any membership registration of its members under any guise.
“The PDP is a Party of due process, and one that is governed and guided by its Constitution, which prescribes that 30 days before Congresses, all Ward registers must be closed, (see Section 8(10). Therefore, it is illegal and unconstitutional to register members while congresses are on-going.
“All State Chairmen are therefore, by this correspondence, mandated to take firm control and maintain strict supervision of our Party’s membership, issuance of valid Membership Cards, and Ward Registers,” Akobundu stated.
He added that all membership cards whose origin could not be established and verified were suspected to be forged.
He said the Party would formally issue appropriate notices on membership registration to all State Chapters in line with its programme of activities.
Akobundu advised all stakeholders and party faithful to shun and report any illegal activities around registration to the appropriate authorities.