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Again, APC extends registration exercise by three weeks

THE All Progressives Congress has extended its ongoing nationwide membership registration and revalidation exercise by three weeks.

The exercise was scheduled to end yesterday.

The extension was  contained in a statement issued  today, by the  National Secretary, Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, APC, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, titled, ‘APC Extends Membership Registration/Revalidation and Update Exercise for Three Weeks.’

The APC leadership, according to the statement,  said the audit of the reports received from the National Membership Registration, Revalidation and Update Committee, the States’ Registration Committees and that of the party’s Situation Room indicate, among other issues, that most states, for varied reasons, started late and require additional time to conclude the exercise.

Other issues identified for the extension of the exercise include “an avalanche of applications from critical stakeholders, including all states caretaker chairmen, for an extension of time to capture Nigerians who are still desirous of joining the fold of the progressives.”

According to the statement, the CECPC under the leadership of the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, has done everything possible to keep to the earlier timeline. thanks bro

The statement partly read, “Consequently, the CECPC has approved the recommendation of the National Committee for the Membership Registration, Revalidation and Update, to extend the duration of the exercise for three weeks.”

The chairmen, at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday night, commended the leadership of the APC and the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee chaired by Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, for the wisdom to organise the exercise.

The Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the APC had extended the till March 31, 2021. The first phase of the exercise was earlier scheduled to end on Tuesday, February 23rd.

The revalidation exercise had attracted criticisms from some members of the ruling  party while some called for its outright cancellation.

Prominent among those who had faulted the exercise was former Chairman of the party’s National Working Committee, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Oshiomhole said the exercise was against the party’s constitution.

He said, “APC is governed by a constitution and not by man, the constitution only provides for registration and I registered as a member of the APC in 2014 under the Interim national chairman,  Chief Bisi Akande.

“There is nothing in the APC constitution that says a member shall revalidate or renew its membership. Once you registered when you joined the party and you have not decamped, you are a member. So, revalidation is strange to our constitution.

“I have only done this because I want peace to reign but in doing this, we have to be careful not to create constitutional breach.”

.He noted that between 2015 and now, people have exited the party and others have joined while some have died, adding that it makes sense to review the register so that those who have decamped to APC will be registered while those who have left would be deleted.

“If you ask me, as a foundation member, who has never decamped, to revalidate my membership, it is double registration because there is nothing like revalidation in our constitution.” the former governor of Edo State said.

In his own case, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said that the reports from his findings across the one hundred and eighty-three wards across the sixteen local governments of the state showed that the exercise did not follow the stipulated guidelines of the party.

He called for outright cancellation of the exercise.

According to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, the ruling party is targeting 100m Nigerians with the exercise.

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