PDM Okays Membership Registration, Prepares For National Convention In August
SAN FRANCISCO, April 25, (THEWILL) â€' The Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) has endorsed the recently conducted membership registration exercise conducted by the party across the country.
It has therefore kick-started preparations for its congresses and national convention scheduled to hold in August.
These were made known in a communiquÃ© Issued at the end of a meeting of its National Executive Committee, National Advisory Committee and Chairmen Of State Stakeholders Committees held at the National Secretariat of the party on Thursday.
The communiquÃ© signed by the party's National Publicity Secretary, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, noted that the NEC of the party met with members of the National Advisory Committee and Chairmen of State Stakeholders Committees of the Party to review the conduct of the manual membership registration exercise of the party which held between March 17 and 25 as well as strategise for the conduct of Congresses and National Convention of the Party.
'Following reports received from the State Chairmen and National Officers who were deployed to monitor and supervise the exercise, the Party noted with great satisfaction that the membership registration exercise was a huge success, surpassing expectations, in spite of the hitches experienced in Ekiti and Kogi States. It was resolved that NEC should consider a special dispensation for the two states to enable them tidy up and resolve the challenges confronting them.
'Consequent upon this huge success, the party commended its officers and members for their sacrifice and for the peaceful and successful conduct of the exercise. The Party most especially appreciated the sacrifice made by officers and members in conducting the exercise through personal contributions of Party officials and members in their own states, LGAs and wards. This, it was observed, is unprecedented in the history of Party politics in the country and demonstrates the commitment and resolve of members towards growing and sustaining the Party along the lines of its guiding philosophy of ownership by members, big and small.
'The meeting further observed that with the successful completion of the manual membership registration exercise, the Party had attained the third, amongst its four priority programmes following its registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission in August, 2013. This goes to show that the Party has come of age under a committed and focused leadership. The three other priorities are a) successful establishment of Party structures at all levels across the country, b) establishing Party offices in the 36 states of the federation and FCT, and c) registration of Party members in all the wards across the country,' the statement said.
Continuing, the statement said: 'Following the attainment of the third priority programme, the Party is now positioned and ready to embark on the fourth priority programme, which is the conduct of Congresses and National Convention to elect its substantive officers at all levels (Wards, Local Government Areas, States, Zones and National).
'In setting about the above task, the meeting resolved to adopt and promote consensus among Party members in producing officers and to conduct election where consensus fails. Along these lines, officers of the Party, leaders and members were advised to commence preliminary consultations and engagements towards the Congresses and Convention slated for August, 2014.'
It noted further that to raise funds for the forthcoming Congresses and National Convention, it was resolved that a National Fundraising Committee is to be formed and put to work with immediate effect. State chairmen of the party were therefore advised to consult and send in a nominee each by Monday, April 28 so that the Committee could be inaugurated before the end of April .
The meeting noted with delight the deluge of requests from members and leaders of other political parties who wish to defect to the Peoples Democratic Movement and directed Party leader at all levels to make adequate arrangements to receive the defectors. It was further emphasised that, in line with its philosophy and spirit of openness, PDM leaders at all levels should always welcome, accept and confer its membership rights, privileges and responsibilities on members of other political parties who align themselves with the spirit and philosophy of the PDM decide to join the party.
A minute's silence was also observed in honor of the late Chairmen of the party in Oyo and
Bauchi States who passed on recently and whose contributions to the establishment of the party in their states while they were alive were greatly appreciated and commended by all.