The Caretaker/Extra- Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress is preparing to serve as an appeal panel to handle the fallout of the ongoing membership registration/revalidation exercise, Sunday PUNCH
Our correspondent, on Friday, gathered that, barring any last-minute change, the registration exercise will end on Tuesday, February 23, while all appeals/complaints will be attended to between Sunday, February 28 and Friday, March 5.
It was also learnt that Wednesday, February 24 had been set aside for sorting of registration details at ward registration centres, to be forwarded to the Local Government Areas and the various State secretariats thereafter.
The register of members is also expected to be displayed at these levels before onward transmission to the APC National Secretariat, Abuja for ratification.
When contacted, the National Secretary of the party, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, confirmed the development.
He told Sunday PUNCH, “The reason why the chairman, in his wisdom, set up the national registration committee is so that the caretaker committee will serve as the appeal committee to handle the fallout of the nationwide registration exercise. We expect members who have genuine complaints about the exercise to come forward; we will listen to everybody.”
Asked what the party was doing to address complaints about the shortage of registration materials nationwide, he said, “As we speak, we are dispatching additional materials to all States. They should receive it between today (Friday) and tomorrow ( Saturday). Anything you do with sincerity of purpose, you are bound to get positive results.
“We want to succeed in this venture, there is no cause for alarm. All of our members are now on the same page on the need to update our register.
“We respect all our leaders and our members. That is the basis for the modest achievements this committee under the leadership of Governor Buni has recorded and I’m confident that at the end of it all, the APC will come out better and stronger.”
The Spokesperson for a group of aggrieved members of the party, under the aegis of Concerned APC members, Abdullahi Dauda, while reacting to the development, said, “Let us give them the benefit of the doubt even when we know you cannot be a judge in your own case.
“We are all interested in our party making progress but we must not allow the ambition of a few individuals to destroy the solid foundation our founding fathers laid for the party to get to this stage.
“Issues raised by some of our founding fathers like Chief Bisi Akande cannot be swept under the carpet because any building without a solid foundation is going to have problems.”