President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the registration of new members for the All Progressives Congress (APC), when the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the party submitted the timetable for party registration to him.
Penpushing reports that, the Acting Chairman of the planning committee, Governor Mai Buni of Yobe State made this known after the meeting, adding that the committee is continuing the reconciliation efforts and are proud of the work done to secure Ondo state for the party and the return of high profile members such as former Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and Senator Barnabas Gemade, to the party.
The chairman, however, debunked rumours of the committee elongating its tenure, saying there are false, explaining that the committee is at the mercy of the party’s national executive committee and only they have the power to end or elongate their tenure.
“In accordance of section 9.4 of the Constitution of the All Progressives Congress (October 2014 as Amended), The Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee consulted all stakeholders and have organized for membership registration’, the approval stated.
Penpushing further reports that, the said Section 9.4 provide as follows: ‘a register of members shall be compiled and maintained at the ward level and be transmitted to the secretariat of the party at the local government Area, which shall transmit a copy to the State Headquarters, National Secretariat.
‘Provided that the party shall update its membership records every six months and remit updated copies to appropriate Secretariats. Thereafter, it shall be the responsibility of a member to ensure that his or her name is duly entered in the Ward Register.”
Penpushing also reports that, Buni expressed optimism that the national executive committee will meet before the end of the year to work out a proper timetable for the party, and on the 14 day ultimatum given for committee to step down by some members of the party; he stated that everyone has the freedom of expression.
The party chieftain however, said the national executive committee has issued no ultimatum to the caretaker committee, but he was not definitive on when a party convention is likely to hold, but said “it will happen soon.”
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