The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has debunked reports in some sections of the media that its National Chairman, Ahmadu Adamu Muazu at a meeting with the State Chairmen ordered the removal and closure of membership registers of the party.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement on Monday explained that the National Working Committee had instead “directed that all membership registers must remain at the ward level and made completely accessible to all Nigerians in line with the provisions of the PDP constitution.”
The statement said state chapters are fully aware that Nigerians at all levels are free to join the PDP and as such “cannot in any way whatsoever unjustly deny membership to anybody, especially as the PDP remains the only party truly owned by the people and represents the only platform for them to realize their full democratic credentials”.
With respect to membership registration cards, the statement said “the National Chairman at the said meeting, consistent with the Party’s Constitution, directed that requests for membership cards and registers must be routed through the Party structure at the States, and, after processing the requests, the cards and registers would be issued to the State chapters of the Party for onward transmission to the Wards where registration takes place”.
The National Working Committee therefore called on all party members and the general public to disregard the said reports adding that the PDP will remain committed to the principle of internal democracy and the provision of level play ground for all Nigerians to actualize their political aspirations within the ambits of the law.