Katsina — The scarcity of membership registration form for the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC has hit Katsina State with prospective members depositing their registration fee with the various local chapters of the party, pending when it will be available.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the printed forms running into hundred of thousands supplied to the state by the national headquarters of the party for the state had been exhausted where each member paid N100 to acquire one.
A stalwart of the party in Katsina, Malam Dangambo Isiyaku Danbaba told LEADERSHIP that since the formal entry of the former Head of State, Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari, the number of those wishing to join the party in the state has skyrocketed.
He noted that daily, they are registering thousands of people, who according to him sometimes deposited their money before the forms were made available. He, therefore, appealed to those who are yet to receive their cards to exercise a little patience.
The CPC leader stressed that the party was holding series of meetings from the state, local government and ward levels to strategize in readiness for the forthcoming general elections. He warned that habitual election riggers in the state will not find it easy this time around.
Danbaba, therefore, commended President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for his commitment a free and fair election, warning that without a free and fair election, Nigeria may go the way of other failed states in the continent.
Moreover, the party had also recorded a major boost in the state as a former gubernatorial candidate of ANPP, Engr. Nura Khalil has joined the CPC, declaring to give his maximum support for the success of the party in the 2011 general election.
Speaking in a phone interview with LEADERSHIP, Khalil stressed that he had decided to join the CPC because of his belief that its leadership are fully committed to the growth of democracy and would provide a level playing ground for all manner of people.
According to him, he has mobilized his supporters across the state to work for the success of CPC. He also warned against any attempt to subvert the peoples, choice in the forthcoming elections.