Ever-controversial Adams Oshiomhole has again ruffled feathers in the All Progressives Congress (APC) when he described the on-going registration and revalidation exercise as unconstitutional.
Oshiomhole, who threw the bombshell while speaking to the press after undergoing the revalidation process at Unit 1, Ward 10, Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government of Edo State, said the exercise was alien to the APC Constitution.
According to him:
APC is governed by a constitution and not by man. The constitution only provides for registration and I registered as a member of the APC in 2014 under the Interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande.
There is nothing in the APC constitution that says a member shall revalidate or renew his membership. Once you register when you joined the party and you have not decamped, you are a member. So revalidation is strange to our constitution.
I have only done this because I want peace to reign but in doing this we have to be careful not to create constitutional breach.”
According to The Nation, the party chieftain however opined that instead of going through the bogus process of a fresh registration and revalidation, it should have been a more flexible process to review and routinely update the party’s membership register at the ward level, to delete names of former members of the party and also include names of newly absorbed members of the party.
In his words:
If you ask me as a foundation member, who has never decamped, to revalidate my membership, it is double registration because there is nothing like revalidation in our constitution.
“By asking me to revalidate my membership means I was not a member. So, I think the correct language should be either reviewing or updating because it makes sense to review voters register due to the new members that have joined or those that have exited,”
Noting that the party has been updating its register from time to time, Oshiomhole said most of the Governors under the party today became members following voters register update hence they were able to contest the governorship election under the party.
So what this means now is that I have come here to do another registration but I insist that my registration never expired within the provision of the APC constitution.
For me, I think we should just move on. I am happy I just did it but I don’t need it because my membership has not expired and it can only expire when I decamp.
History didn’t just begin today. If we don’t have a valid register, how did we conduct the congress in 2015 in which 16 million registered APC members voted to nominate President Muhammadu Buhari before the general election?