The caretaker chairman Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Ebonyi state chapter, Elder Fred Udeogu, Tuesday, revealed that the party has registered about 750000 persons in the state within one month of the lunch of e-registration in the area.
Udeogu stated this at his Abakaliki office during the Party’s local government Congress in Ebonyi, even as he noted that they will soon hit 1million duly registered members in the state.
PDP on August 9, 2021 kicked off the pilot scheme of its electronic registration and revalidation of members.
The state chairman, Udeogu, noted that the party was registering individuals who want to be members of the party, adding that the exercise was on in the whole federation.
He stated: “As at last time we got information from our ICT team, we have registered about 750,000 persons. So, very soon we will be getting to a million. We are registering individuals who want to be part of PDP, that is what we are doing and we are doing it in the whole federation. We are always willing to expand, like I said, people who were in APC, declared for PDP and we gave them the latitude to participate in the entire process(congresses). If you are qualified to win any election, we will accommodate you and we did that and it was perfectly done and we are happy about it. Ebonyi is PDP and nobody can change it.
He reiterated that the party’s door was wide open to welcome anyone who wants to join.
Udeogu noted that the local government election was hitch free.
“God has been on our side since we came on board. We expect hitches and that is why we make arrangement to counter the hitches but in this case, the hitches are already being taking care of. We are expecting that there will be problem in one local government where the leaders could not agree and that is Izzi local government. but along the line before I could step out, they called and said they are prepared for the congress, that they have resolved the issue. So, I was so happy about that, outside that, we don’t have problem in any other place.
“There is no sincere politician that will say, I am closing doors for people coming in, no. As far as the business of politics is concerned, you are always at the point of expansion and the elasticity is always there. You continue to expand for people to be coming in.
“So, what you heard may not be true because we cannot stop people from coming into our party but we are still going ahead because there are people who are founding members of our party and those are people that have refused to leave. So, we have not foreclosed avenue for people to come in and we will not do.
He said those who left the party to the All Progressives Congress, (APC) ran back to the PDP, adding: “When you talk of APC, we don’t know who is APC and who is not APC because Ebonyi is PDP.
“People who thought it was better to go the other way saw different thing there and all of them came back. And we gave directive to our people at their different wards that they should accommodate them.
” We didn’t do what APC did when they were registering, nobody was registering when they were registering , people were not willing to register with them.