Peoples Democratic Movement
The Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) Monday launched its online registration for intended members.
Speaking at the occasion in Abuja, the National Chairman of the party, Bashir Yusuf, disclosed that the online registration by the party was a milestone in the nation’s political history as it was the first time the online platform would be used to register members.
Yusuf recalled that the online registration became necessary given the fact that President Goodluck Jonathan had been out crowded on twitter owing to constant criticism by young people over his poor performance.
He also made a case for Diaspora voting, saying the party would be in the vanguard to ensure that Nigerians in any part of the world are able to vote in elections in Nigeria.
The chairman, who added that the online registration platform was more transparent than the conventional procedure, said: “Before now, membership of political party was a privilege. It is in this country that people were stripped from being members. We have also seen in this country where a political party deregistered all its members and asked them to register again and some were barred. But with our party this has become a thing of the past.”
He said all intended members of the party are free to register as long as they have access to the internet, adding that: “No one can stop you from being a member of PDM. There used to be a case where the people in the ward would decide who becomes member of the party.”
Yusuf further underscored the significance of the online registration for youths saying "so many young people are shut out from the political process in Nigeria adding that with the online registration the bridge to reach youths have been reached.
He, however, explained that online registration was one of the options for party registration, noting that intended members at the grassroots would be reached with the manual registration process.
Yusuf said both registration platforms would be synchronised accordingly.
On Jonathan’s twitter presence, he said: “Jonathan has been crowed out on twitter because of the constant harassment by young people on how poorly he has performed. I have not seen his tweets for some months now.”
On Diaspora voting, he said: “Nigerians everywhere should be allowed to vote”, stating that the party would campaign to ensure that Nigerians were not disenfranchised.