The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has once again extended its ongoing registration and revalidation of membership exercise by another three weeks for the third time.
The process, which was initially slated for three weeks, began on February 9 but was later extended by three weeks, which ended on March 31.
In a statement signed by the secretary of the party’s national caretaker committee, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, he adduced reasons for the latest extension.
“The audit of the reports received from the National Membership Registration, Revalidation and Update Committee; the States’ Registration Committees; and that of our Situation Room indicate as follows:
“(1) Most states for varied reasons, started late, and require additional time to conclude the exercise.
“(2) An avalanche of applications from critical stakeholders (including all States Caretaker Chairmen) for an extension of time to capture Nigerians who are still desirous of joining the fold of the progressives.
“The Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) under the leadership of His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni had done everything possible to keep to the earlier timeline, however, it has become imperative to extend the duration of this very important party activity.
“Consequently, the CECPC has approved the recommendation of the National Committee for the Membership Registration, Revalidation and Update to extend the duration of the exercise for three weeks,” the statement said.
In a related development statement, the APC Forum of State Caretaker Chairmen has declared that contrary to reports it is on good terms with the CECPC.
In a statement Friday night, Ali Buka-Dalori, the head and Borno Caretaker Committee Chairman, recalled that they unanimously agreed on the need for an extension of the membership and revalidation process.
“We are happy the CECPC acceded to our pleas by granting a three-week extension to accommodate states requiring additional time to conclude the exercise and capture millions of Nigerians desirous of joining the APC.
“At no time during the meeting of APC state caretaker chairmen or in our briefing to media organisations was anything related to tenure elongation deliberated or mentioned.”
Buka-Dalori noted that the CECPC has surpassed its mandate to reposition and bring unity to the ruling party.
“We will continue to support its efforts to ensure the completion of all the tasks assigned by the National Executive Committee (NEC) and further entrench the APC as a truly progressive political platform”, he said.