2023: PDP Clarifies The Eligibility Of Members To Participate In The Party Congresses 

By Damilare Adeleye
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has clarified that only the party National Chairman and the National Secretary are empowered to authenticate party membership cards for members who desire to participate in its congresses scheduled for today, April 30.

Mr Debo Ologunagba, the party National Publicity Secretary, disclosed this in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja.

The party made this known while making clarification on the membership eligibility to participate in congresses to elect the three-man ad hoc delegates who shall in turn elect party candidates for the 2023 general elections.

It stated that the clarification was to put the record straight against some reports of misinterpretation in some chapters, Lagos State particularly, where some party stakeholders were demanding that membership cards be authenticated by ward chairmen before the holders could qualify to participate in the three-man ad hoc congresses schedule for Saturday, April 30.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the only authority vested with the power to authenticate party membership cards for eligibility to participate in congresses, including the three-man ad hoc delegate congresses, are the national chairman and the national secretary through their signatures on the cards.

“The PDP Constitution 2017 (as amended) in Chapter 2, Part 1, Article 8(7) is clear in providing that “the nembership card shall be produced by the National Headquarters and authenticated by the National Chairman and the National Secretary,” the party said

It added: “No further authentication is required by ward chairmen or any other officer of the party at any level whatsoever before they can participate in the three-man ad hoc delegate congresses and party primaries.

“A member with a duly authenticated membership card by the national chairman and national secretary and who is up to date in his financial obligation to the party shall be eligible to participate and vote in the three-man ad hoc delegate congress.”