Buhari okays registration of new party members for APC
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday approved the registration of new members for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He gave the approval when the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, led by the Acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, submitted the timetable for party registration to him.
Buni made the disclosure while briefing newsmen after the meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, the approval is “In accordance of section 9.4 of the Constitution of the All Progressives Congress (October 2014 as Amended), The Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee consulted all stakeholders and have organized for membership registration.
The said Section 9.4 provide as follows:
“A Register of members shall be compiled and maintained at the Ward Level and be transmitted to the Secretariat of the Party at the Local Government Area, which shall transmit a copy to the State Headquarters, National Secretariat. Provided that the Party shall update its membership records every six months and remit updated copies to appropriate Secretariats. Thereafter, it shall be the responsibility of a member to ensure that his or her name is duly entered in the Ward Register.”
Buni further stated that the committee was continuing the reconciliation efforts and are proud of the work done to secure Ondo state for the party and the return of high profile members such as former Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and Senator Barnabas Gemade, to the party.
Meanwhile, Buni has debunked insinuations in some quarters that the committee was working to elongate its tenure, saying these are false.
According to him, the committee is at the mercy of the party’s national executive committee and only they have the power to end or elongate their tenure.
He expressed optimism that the national executive committee will meet before the end of the year to work out a proper timetable for the party.
On the 14 day ultimatum given for the committee to step down by some aggrieved members of the party, Buni stated that everyone has the freedom of expression however, the national executive committee has issued no ultimatum to the caretaker committee.
He, however, was not categorical on when a party convention was likely to be held, saying “it will happen soon.”
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