President Goodluck Jonathan
Plans e-registration of members
Stakeholders from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have accused President Goodluck Jonathan-led Federal Government and the national leadership of the PDP of poor reward system to members is poor.
Rising from a three-day retreat, where it reviewed the activities of the party, the stakeholders argued that the presidency and the party were not doing enough to reward members given their contributions to the party.
Specifically, they decried the appointments of ‘technocrats’ who do not understand the PDP philosophy and manifesto as ministers, as well as into other key government appointments.
Also, the stakeholders at the retreat advised the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to commence the e-registration of members of the party, so as to remove the party from the clutches of money bags, god fathers, as veritable way of ensuring internal democracy within the party.
Participants at the retreat were said to have accused President Jonathan of appointing members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) members, who were not members of the party, in the name of technocrats.
One of the participants from Ebonyi State openly complained against the appointment of the Minister of Health, stating that he was not a member of the party and does not associate with the PDP family in the state.
It was in apparent reference to the complaints, that PDP in the retreat communiqué signed by the National Organising Secretary, Abubakar Mustapha, and the National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metu, said: “The party must encourage loyalty and hard work through incentives, patronages, merit awards, letters of commendation among others.”
As a measure to enhance internal democracy, the retreat called for the use of e-registration in registering members of the party.
According to the communiqué, “the retreat notes that there is no alternative to internal party democracy. To enhance this therefore, it recommends, as a matter of urgency, the introduction of e-registration and computerisation of party membership. This will ensure transparency in party electoral processes.”
This may pitch the NWC of the party with the governors elected on the platform of PDP, who are vehemently opposed to the e-registration.
The retreat noted the strategic importance of the offices of organisation and publicity secretaries at all levels as vital for the progress and success of PDP and government policies and programmes. It challenges all to rise up to the serial distortion of the achievements of PDP led governments by the opposition.
In this regard, the communiqué of the retreat also urged members of the PDP to show more interest in the management of the media, stating that members must engage in wide publicity and propagation of its policies, programmes and achievements to enhance greater understanding by the citizenry.
The retreat urges PDP leaders and all members to tap the full advantage of the social media such as face book, twitter, etc to combat negative perception as well as sell the agenda of the party.