By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor
The Alliance for New Nigeria, ANN, one of the 21 political parties registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC last week has mobilised N50 million from membership dues through its online registration portal, Vanguard checks have confirmed.
The new political party which is being driven by some professionals has been mobilising members on different social media platforms including facebook.
Interim national chairman of the party, Dr. Jay Samuels told Vanguard weekend that a new political party which collects N1,000 as membership dues had mobilised 50,000 members fetching the new political party at least N50 million in membership dues alone.
He also affirmed the readiness of the new political party to change the game plan for the 2019 round of elections, noting that the entry of the new party would inevitably offer a platform to the majority of Nigerians who had in the past deliberately removed themselves from the political fray.
“Our registration has offered the majority of those of us who cannot express ourselves; now we have a platform to carry out the political engineering that many of us have been desiring.
“Our targets are people who had not been participating in the political process, and we have been getting a surge in the number of people who are joining our platform, a number of our enthusiasts are happy we are excited that we have a platform that would get genuine Nigerians to participate in the process and 2019 is going to be different with our entry into the political process.”
In a congratulatory message to party members following the registration, Dr. Samuels said:
“Today, ANN membership cuts across the 36 states including the FCT and we are gradually approaching the 50,000 membership mark. Not to even talk of the large membership base in Diaspora.
‘’For an organization that is barely a year old, this is a major achievement that we should be proud of but it’s still a far cry from our baseline goal of 10 million by end of October 2018.”
Besides the ANN other parties whose registration was confirmed by INEC last Thursday were All Bending Party, ABP, All Grassroots Alliance, AGA, Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, ANRP, Coalition for Change, C4C, Freedom and Justice Party, FJP, Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria, and Justice Must Prevail Party, JMPN.
Also registered were Legacy Party of Nigeria, LPN, Mass Action Joint Alliance, MAJA, Modern Democratic Party, MDP, National Interest Party, NIP, National Rescue Mission, NRM, New Progressive Movement and Nigeria Democratic Congress Party, NDCP.
Equally, registered were People’s Alliance for National Development and Liberty, PANDEL, Peoples Trust PT, Providence Peoples Congress, PPC, Re-Build Nigeria Party, RBNP, Restoration Party of Nigeria, RP and Sustainable National Party, SNP.