*Will mobilise voters in the grassroots
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Kwara says it is strategising to reposition the party for victory in the state ahead of the coming Local Government and the 2019 general elections.
Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, the PDP chairman in the state made this known on Wednesday in Ilorin at a retreat organised for party officials at the State and Local Government level as well as leaders of the party.
He told the participants that the party has resolved to mobilise members for massive participation in the upcoming party membership registration and the 2018 population census in Nigeria.
Oyedepo also said that leadership of the party in the state has resolved to commence massive mobilisation and sensitisation of members at the grassroots in readiness for the coming local government elections.
The chairman therefore charged PDP members in the state to be committed, dedicated and worked selflessly for the success of the party in future elections.
He charged executives of the party at the local government to brace up for real work as they have much to do in mobilising members and voters in their respective wards during elections.
Oyedepo said the party will focus and concentrate more on mobilising members and voters in the grassroots as elections were not done at the national, zonal, state and local government levels, but at the ward levels.
“It is wrong for leaders to abandon the wards to ward officials who most often are too weak financially to do any meaningful political work without leader’s intervention.
“A political leader that cannot control his or her ward is not fit to be called a leader of the party,” Oyedepo added.
According to Oyedepo, payment of annual subscription will be enforced in the party, adding that this is the beginning of commitment and dedication of members to the party.
He therefore appealed to members of the party to ensure that they pay their monthly dues of N50 or annual subscription of N600.
According to him, if all financial members pay their dues, the party will be over N60m richer.
Oyedepo told the participants that finance was very essential to the survival of the party in the state, more so, as the party was preparing for local government elections.
He said that the party will soon inaugurate various committees so that every member of the party will be engaged.
The chairman said polling booth officials will also be appointed to take charge of various polling booths during elections.
A chieftain of the party, Alhaji Lasisi Jimoh, in a paper presented called for total overhaul of the party to get rid of those he called ‘Judas Iscariots who can sell their birth tight for a pot of porridge.
The PDP elder also called for re-invigoration of the party at the ward level by holding regular meetings to keep party members abreast of party activities.
According to him, holding regular meetings will strengthen members’ faith and confidence in the imminent resurrection of PDP nation-wide.
He advised executives of the party to always move closer to the elders of the party to harvest and harness from their wisdom and guidance at all times.
Alhaji Jimoh charged members of the executive to curb avarice and place emphasis on stewardship and accountability to win the confidence of members and financiers.
Dr (Mrs) Limota Goroso Giwa, the Executive Director, International Women Communication Center (IWCC), in her paper, called for inclusion of more women in the executive of the party.
She lamented that women participation in politics was low because of cultural taboos, lack of money, time management, home front and traditional belief system.
Dr Goroso Giwa was of the view that women were afraid to participate in elections because of how the society perceive women in politics, their marriage that may be on the line, political intricacy and integrity.
She appealed to all women to always support other women contesting in an election for women to have better representation and meet the Beijing affirmative action on women in politics.
A youth leader, Sharafdeen Ibrahim in his own presentation titled; “The duty of party agents in an election” said any agent for election must be literate, bold, courageous, good observant and must not be drunk.
Ibrahim, a lawyer, therefore appealed to party leaders not to just appoint anybody as agent because of their relationship.
He said for party agents to be effective, they must not be on the deficit side of th qualities expected of them.
The one day retreat was attended by members of the state executive of the party, four LG party executives made up of Chairman, Secretary, Organising Secretary and Woman Leader from the 16 local government of the state.