Former National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has faulted the ongoing membership registration and revalidation exercise of the Party.
Comrade Oshiomhole said the exercise runs contrary to the letters of the Constition of the APC
He made the declaration while fielding questions from Journalists shortly after revalidating his membership of the Party at Unit 1, Ward 10, Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government of Edo State yesterday.
His words: “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 which says a member shall revalidate or renew his 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”
Comrade Oshiomhole, however, noted that between 2015 and now,many persons have left the Party and others too have joined while some have died, adding that it was germane to review the register so that those who have come into the APC will be registered while those who have left will 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.”
“By asking me to revalidate my membership means I was not a member. So, I think the correct language should be either reviewing or updating because it makes sense to review voters register due to the new members that have joined or those that have exited,” he espoused.
He said the Party has been updating its register periodically as most of its Governors today became members following a voters register update which made them eligible to contest the Governorship election under the Party.
“So what this means now is that I have come here to do another registration but I insist that my registration never expired within the provision of the APC constitution, he concluded.