Former National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has stated that the APC revalidation of membership exercise organised by the party’s Interim Caretaker Committee contradicts the APC constitution.
Oshiomhole who revalidated his membership at Unit 1, ward 10, Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, stated this while speaking to journalists. He noted that he was only participating in the exercise for the sake of peace.
“APC is governed by 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 defected, 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,”
According to him, between 2015 and 2021, people had left the APC and others had joined it, while some had died. He said that it made sense to review the register.
“If you ask me as a foundation member who have never decamped to revalidate his membership, it is double registration because there is nothing like revalidation in our constitution.
“By asking me to revalidate my membership means I was not a member when I have never leave the party, so I think the correct language should be either reviewing or updating because it make sense to review voters register due to the new members that have joined or those that have exited.”
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