The main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday stated that the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu and the National Secretary are vested with the power to authenticate party membership cards.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Debo Ologunagba disclosed this in a statement released on Saturday.
This is coming after some party stakeholders particularly in Lagos State called for the membership cards to be authenticated by Ward Chairmen before the holders are eligible to participate in the 3-man Ad-Hoc Congresses.
The statement released by Ologunagba reads, “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, is 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 membership card shall be produced by the National Headquarters and authenticated by the National Chairman and the National Secretary.
“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.”
Ologunagba called on all party leaders, critical stakeholders and members to take note accordingly.
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