The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers State Chapter says it has uncovered several tricks and deceits used by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to draw citizens of the State to register and participate in the Party’s membership registration process.
The PDP describes the registration exercise as fraudulent, as the few persons that have registered are either financially induced or tricked to do so without knowing the reason and implications of presenting themselves for the registration.
The Party notes that there are revelations that the APC supporters in the local communities, instead of enlightening the locals on the motive for the registration, misinform them by claiming to be carrying out census registration or that it is a national programme aimed at empowering the people.
In most areas also the APC supporters even threaten the women, particularly local farmers, that if they do not register they will be prevented from going to their farms, as the membership card issued after registration serves as ‘pass’ or ‘permit’ for them to move in and out of the communities.
The PDP also criticizes the misuse and wrong application of the proceeds from the Federal Government Programme, SURE-P, which are being used by the Rivers State Governor in paying Party’s registration officers and all those who present themselves for the registration exercise in the various LGAs.
The PDP stresses that using the SURE-P funds for the APC membership registration is not only an act of misappropriation but a deliberate action of denying non APC members and the masses of benefitting from the Federal Government programme, which the State Government has operated as its initiative.
The PDP says it has received reports that the APC is also embarking on ghost registration, as most names entered into the registration documents are those of dead persons or non existing persons, saying the intention is to meet up the target number as proposed by the leaders of the Party.
The Party also observes that the extension of the registration exercise is a clear indication of the non compliance and rejection of the Party and its activity by the people, saying the reason was to enable them continue to trick the people into the registration.
The PDP therefore calls on the people to resist being induced to participate in the exercise against their will, and not to act ignorantly by allowing themselves to be deceived by the APC scavengers.
SA, on Media to
State PDP Chairman
Monday, February 10, 2014