For the second time in about a month, the Caretaker/extraordinary national convention planning Committee of All Progressives Congress, APC, has extended the party’s Membership Registration/Revalidation and Update Exercise by additional three weeks.
The committee had earlier on February 21 extended the nationwide membership Registration and register update exercise by three weeks.
The exercise which began on Tuesday 9th February, 2021 across the 36 states of the federation, was expected to end on March 10 but was shifted to the 31st of March, 2021.
With this latest extension, the exercise is now expected to end on 21st of April.
In a statement issued Thursday by the secretary caretaker and extraordinary convention planning committee, Sen. John Akpan Udoedehe, the party attributed the extension to complaints and request for extension from different states.
Udoedehe said, “The audit of the reports received from: the National Membership Registration, Revalidation and Update Committee; the States’ Registration Committees; and that of our Situation Room indicate as follows:
(1) Most states for varied reasons, started late, and require additional time to conclude the exercise.
(2) 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.
The Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) under the leadership of His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni had done everything possible to keep to the earlier timeline, however it has become imperative to extend the duration of this very important party activity.
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.”
Chairmen of APC across the 36 states of the federation and FCT had earlier appealed to the leadership of the party to extend the ongoing membership registration and revalidation exercise to allow more Nigerians join the ruling party.
In press conference organized by the chairmen in Abuja, the Borno state chairman, Abubakar Dalori, who spoke on behalf of others said urged the chairman of the caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee, Mai Mala Buni, to provide enough registration materials to ease the process.
Also, the headquarters of APC was practically grounded in the early hours of Monday by protesters, numbering hundreds, demanding for the extension of the ongoing party’s membership registration and revalidation exercise.
The protesters had stormed the party’s Secretariat by 10.30am in a sting operation that lasted for just 30 minutes, displaying posters with various inscriptions, collectively appealing to the ruling party’s national leadership to extend the exercise.
In the letter of appeal for an extension of the registration handed over the National Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Senator John James Akpanudoehede, the organisers of the protest introduced themselves as Coalition of Political Action Group, consisting of concerned stakeholders who are members of various state chapters of the party.