Chairman of the National Caretaker and Extra Ordinary Convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state has disclosed that both President Muhammadu Buhari and National leaders of the party are behind his committee in its plans to commence a new party registration and revalidation exercise
Buni stated in a statement he personally signed Thursday in Abuja that the inability of the party to put in place a working structure for continuous membership register updates and new membership drive has been responsible for some of the conflicts that have caused the party major losses in multiple states and in a number of elections.
The governor noted that he has held so many interactive session with stakeholders across the country, the need to update and standardise membership registration has become a recurring decimal.
According to him, “since the 2014 post-merger membership registration and the inconclusive registration updates of 2017, APC has not been able to produce a comprehensive membership register.
“For obvious reasons, we are not surprised that many stakeholders are of the view that the inability of our party to put in place a working structure for continuous membership register updates and new membership drive is a major factor in some of the conflicts that have caused our party major losses in multiple states and in a number of elections.
“During the last five years since our party emerged as the governing party, we have lost members due to either death or defection. We have also received many new members into our party. In all cases, our membership register does not currently reflect these changes. This laxity and the challenging consequences have brought into focus the imperative for our party to immediately embark on this exercise.
“Towards achieving this, we have engaged with our party leaders across the country. We have briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the imperative for this exercise as a major pillar for sustainable political harmony and a precursor to developing the capacity to continue to deliver political victories for our party for many years to come.
“It is on this note that our committee is now embarking on a nationwide membership registration and revalidation of the current membership register. We are soon to roll out massive publicity and stakeholders’ engagement processes to mobilise our members nationwide to ensure full participation and a successful outcome.
“We are working hard and speedily to deliver on our mandate even when we understand the need to put a sustainable structure in place towards conducting a credible national convention to usher in a new National Working Committee (NWC).”
Buni, however solicited for the cooperation of all APC members to ensure a smooth and transparent registration exercise.
“On our part, we will continue to provide update of the process on regular basis and do all that is necessary to strengthen our party and deliver a cohesive political structure at the end of our assignment.