The Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has urged party members across the state to come out en masse and participate in the All Progressives Congress (APC) membership registration and revalidation exercise in Osun.
Particularly, he enjoined party members and loyalists across the nation, and more importantly in the southwest to ensure full participation in the registration exercise, which he described as the only sacrosanct way of being bonafide card-carrying members of the ruling party.
This is coming as the national leadership of the party honored the pioneer interim National Chairman of the APC, Chief Adebisi Akande, by formally revalidating his membership in his home town, Ila-Orangun, and Governor Oyetola in Iragbiji, his country home.
Addressing the people at the two registration points in Ila and Iragbiji, Oyetola said part of the exercise benefits was that it would afford the party’s leadership the opportunity to update APC membership register by accommodating new members while also enabling existing members to revalidate their membership.
He said that the exercise would further help to expand the membership base of the party which, according to him, was in tandem with the reform that the National Caretaker and Extra-ordinary/Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) put in place.
Oyetola, who is a member of the APC National Caretaker and Extra-ordinary/Convention Planning Committee, reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to providing adequate security before, during, and after the registration exercise.
“As you all aware, this is a nationwide exercise holding simultaneously in no fewer than 119,973 polling units and 57,000 voting points across the country, in line with the directive by the national leadership of our party. This exercise affords us the opportunity to update the membership register of the party by accommodating new members, while also enabling existing members to revalidate their membership.
“As a member, I am proud to say that APC, which started as an opposition party upon its establishment in 2013, is today not only the country’s ruling party but also the largest party in the West Africa sub-region. It is no doubt a party to belong. This exercise was borne out of the identified need to expand the membership base of the party and in tandem with a reform that CECPC under the able leadership of Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state desired for the party.
“Adequate training has been given to the personnel who will be in charge of registration update and revalidation for a duration of two weeks beginning from today. I call on the good people of Osun to seize the opportunity of becoming card-carrying members of our great party. I urge state, local government, and ward leaders of the party to take all the necessary steps in ensuring a smooth and transparent registration exercise,” he added.
In his remarks, Akande expressed profound gratitude to the leadership of the party for the honour of being the second person to register after President Muhammadu Buhari.
While urging the party leadership to make huge success of the registration exercise which he said would determine the success of the party in future elections, the former governor also charged the Buni-led Caretaker Committee to resist all temptations of sit-tight syndromes.