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Jonathan performs PDP online membership registration;hail exercise

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has hailed the online membership registration exercise of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a good innovation that will produce an authentic membership database for the party upon completion. He stated this shortly after performing the online registration exercise as part of the ongoing PDP membership enrolment scheme at his official residence in the State House today. The exercise was witnessed by the Senate President, Senator David Mark , PDP National Chairman, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, the party's National Organising Secretary, Prince Uche Secondus, and Presidential aides.   President Jonathan pointed out the significance of the PDP online membership scheme in harmonizing the membership database of the party at all levels, adding that it will also eliminate controversies that could sometimes trail membership status within the party. He commended the PDP leadership for the initiative which he described as 'the best thing to have happened to party membership registration in Nigeria , in the 21 st Century,' while emphasizing its accessibility and relevance to existing and prospective party members even in the diaspora. The President however called on party officials and banks that will facilitate the registration exercise to ensure that they penetrate the rural areas where he said the PDP has most of its membership, so that all party members in all nooks and crannies of the country will be duly registered. He also urged party members at all levels to take advantage of the online registration to properly document their membership of the party. Earlier, Dr. Nwodo, said the PDP online membership registration drive will give the party an electronic database of its members which can be accessed on the party's website. He said the exercise will also generate funds to run affairs of the party. MITAIRE IKPEN for: Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the President August 09, 2010