By Godwin Amunde
The Director General of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) – the umbrella body of Nigerian Governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) – Salisu Mohd Lukman, has urged the leadership of the party to embark on collation of an electronically based data of all members of the party across the country.
Speaking during an AIT political programme, JIGSAW, where he gave insight on his book; APC Litmus Test, the PGF DG said electronic membership registration will enhance the efficiency of the party’s administration and urged the incoming leadership of APC to vigorously pursue the electronic registration of members.
“I believe as a party, immediately after the Convention, the first thing the new leadership should do is to have a membership data that is computerized. We can’t continue to have a situation where our membership data is not electronically preserved.
“We must ensure that our membership data is updated electronically without the tedious process of handling it in an analogue way.
“Secondly, we must have a national secretariat because membership is everything to a political party, a situation where the administrative framework of the national secretariat is so weak and loosed that it link to what is obtainable at the local government and state levels and creates its own complications.
“So, the first thing the new leadership must do is to reorganize the national secretariat in such a way it has that organic relation between it and all the structures of the party so that at the ward level, even if somebody leaves the party, it will be immediately known by the national leadership, and if somebody joins the party, he should quietly be registered at the ward without the noise in the media, it should be seamless,” he charged.
The PGF DG also spoke on the internal crisis rocking the party and insisted that it is not peculiar with only the APC, emphasizing that as a convergence of people from diverse backgrounds and interests, there are bound to be minor disagreements which do not necessarily mean that the party will implode.
He also pointed out that even before and immediately after the meager that brought the APC, many analysts had thought that the party was going to disintegrate, assuring that whatever seems to be the situation today will still be handled by the party.
“It is important to return to the basic framework that every party is an organization that has various interests. It is difficult to have a political party where people do not have diverse interests. But the most important is to have and build a party where the aggregation of the various interests will be able to win the mandate.
“The major issue is that even before the meager, there is the notion that parties do not have the power to win the confidence of the people as it were. I also do not think that while negotiating for the meager, nobody believed it was going to be a party that can appeal to everybody. Even some people in the meager had sympathy for the PDP then.
“One basic issue is the need to have strong point about the need to institute reconciliation within the party. The major issue we have insisted is that you can’t have a political party without a credible membership register.
“Good enough the Caretaker Committee bought that idea and we have done it and that is the basic of the new book I have written. It is a contribution to help in an advisory capacity to support the leadership to know what needs to be done to make the party appeal to the Nigerian people,” he said.