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PDP’s e- Registration Flops In Edo

Posted: Sep 3, 2015 at 12:53 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Francis Onoiribholo  –  Benin

 

The pilot phase of the electronic registration exercise by the Peoples Democratic Party which scheduled to commence in Edo State on Wednesday suffered a setback.

This followed a protest by some party members who kicked against the proposed N1,000 to be levied on each member as the registration fee.

Chief Olisa Metuh, PDP-PDP National Publicity Secretary

Chief Olisa Metuh, PDP-PDP National Publicity Secretary

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, had on August 23 announced that the party’s National Working Committee had approved the resuscitation of the online registration of its member, using Edo as a pilot scheme for the project.

The party had also explained that the project, which would be handled by the PDP e-Membership Registration Committee and headed by Chief Raymond Dokpesi, was aimed at returning ownership of the party to its members and strengthening the various structures of the party.

Dokpesi, in a meeting held at the party’s state secretariat on Wednesday, explained that each member would be issued with a card containing their bio-metric information, including banking details, at the end of the registration.

He noted that as many as 250 machines would be deployed in Edo North, where the project would kick off, to ensure that the PDP registered as many members as were willing to join its fold, adding that the party would engage the services of the local government and ward chairman to make the project effective.

But he was greeted with resentment and murmuring from some of the members present, when he announced a fee of N1,000 to be paid by each member into a Skye Bank account, for the exercise.

According to him, in the far Edo north of Weppa-Wanno, I think we have been sensitising the people and, as of today, all the women that are on the register have been so sensitised and have actually been paying into Skye Bank for this e-registration. It’s N1,000.

“If you like you can pay the N1,000 by your debit card. If you like, you can do it by transfer from whichever bank that is based in Nigeria, details of which will be provided,” he said.

But one of the party members in Oredo Local Government Area, who did not want his name mentioned, described the fee a expensive, adding that bulk of the party’s supporters resided in thr rural areas.

“That fee is too much for many of us. I do not expect a market woman or farmer, who earns little, to pay that amount just to be a member,” he added.

However, the Acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, told journalists at the end of the meeting, later in the evening, that the party would work out details of the procedures for the exercise.