The ruling All Progressives Congress APC has said registration of new members and updating its register will begin on Monday, January 25.
The Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee Secretary, John Akpanudoedehe, made this known at the weekend.
Recall that the party earlier scheduled to begin its nationwide membership, update, and revalidation exercise on Saturday, December 12, 2020, but on December 10, 2020, it announced the exercise’s postponement.
The statement read, “We have recognized the need for continued conflict resolution and have decided to vigorously pursue reconciliation on all fronts to emerge as a stronger party, ahead of the congresses and the 2023 general elections.
“Having got the approval for the party membership registration, CECPC is now set to undertake the exercise efficiently and effectively in a record time, beginning from January 25.
“CECPC is fully set to conduct total congresses for the party at all levels, through a fair and transparent process of electing officials for the various organs of the party that will culminate in the national party convention.
“CECPC is working to create a member-centered party structure that will guarantee full participation of all members and accord privileges to strengthen members’ trust, beliefs, and engagements in all party activities.
“Recognising that time is very well against us, CECPC is already doubling its efforts to meet up with the tasks ahead in 2021. A democracy is as strong as the political parties it produces; we are rebuilding our party to strengthen our democracy. We want to assure all our members that our commitment to lead the process of political change in Nigeria is unwavering.”
In a related development, the All Progressives Congress says it has set up a panel to probe the loss it experienced in the governorship election in Edo State last year.
The APC candidate Ize Iyamu had lost the race to their main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party. The National Secretary of the party, Senator John Udoedehe, the APC CECPC, while giving a New Year message at the weekend, pointed out that the probe panel was set on its advice to the party.
According to him, “In the course of the year, since the beginning of the tenure of CECPC, we have led the party into significant elections, such as governorship, National Assembly and state Assembly elections. In these elections, the party again proved that it is the party to reckon with in the country with significant wins across the board.
“A win in the Ondo State gubernatorial election despite the mass gang-up against the party, the senatorial seats won across Lagos, Plateau and other states as well as the suitable number of state Houses of Assembly won are parts of the CECPC fears for the year under review.
“It must be noted that a committee has also been set up to advise the party National Secretariat on what led to the defeat in Edo State and what actions need to be taken to prevent a recurrence in the future.”