Ahead of the June 16, 2018 local government election in Rivers State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commenced re-registration of old and new members into the party across the 23 local government areas of the state.
Chairman of PDP in the state, Chief Felix Obuah, who announced this yesterday in Port Harcourt while addressing local government chairmen and secretaries of the party charged them to take the message to their respective LGAs and ensure that the exercise is given the seriousness it deserves.
Obuah urged the party executives to go into all the wards across the state and ensure that all the defectors from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other political parties are registered.
He said, “Even those of them who will be decamping today and wish to join our party must be registered. Do not restrict anyone from becoming a member of our great party. We need them and we don’t want anyone to stop them from registering due to personal interests.”
While handing over the party’s registers to the chairmen, the PDP state chairman charged them to immediately reach out to the ward chairmen and secretaries and ensure that the exercise is kick started in earnest.
Obuah warned that on no condition should the membership cards be hoarded, adding that even though most of the cards have expired, arrangements are being made to give out the new cards before the end of the day.
He stated that the party would charge a token for the cards to ensure that members make financial commitment to the party.
The state chairman seized the forum to warn against adoption of candidates for the various elective positions in the forthcoming local government election.
Obuah said it would be out of place for him as state party chairman to supervise such undemocratic practice, adding that the PDP is committed to uphold its constitution and give every aspirant a level playing ground.
He said, “So it will be bad of you as a leader who is supposed to be an unbiased umpire to adopt one person and follow him or her to campaign.”
The PDP chairman, who warned that the party would not hesitate to use its hammer on any chairman who indulges in such act, charged them not to hesitate to contact the state secretariat for clarifications in the event of challenges.
Obuah disclosed that the sale of forms for the respective elective positions is still on and called on interested members to seize the opportunity to realise their political aspirations.