kwara state Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq on Wednesday, 3rd of January flagged off membership registration and revalidation exercise of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
The governor, who revalidated his membership of the APC at his Idi Igba ward in the Ilorin West local government area of the state, in presence of the seven-man committee assigned by the national leadership of the party to conduct the exercise, said there is need to expand base of the party in the state with the exercise.
Governor Abdulrazaq said that the exercise is important as party is growing due to quality performance of APC state governments across the country, adding that there is need to register non APC members who voted for the party who are now convinced to join the fold.
The governor also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for endorsing the initiative aimed to see that the base of the party is expanded.
He urged party members to bury whatever differences and views they have as the exercise commenced, telling them to participate actively in the exercise.
“There is no political party without opposing views or differences. It’s part of democracy. The important thing is to bury those views in the interest of our party and participate vigorously to extend the membership base of the party. It will be useful for us in the party’s national convention and we should, therefore, make it a success”
Also speaking during a courtesy call to Governor Abdulrazaq, leader of the seven people registration and revalidation committee deployed to the state by the national caretaker exco of the party, Senator John Danboyi, said that the exercise is being carried out nationwide, adding that there is need to register growing number of new members of the party and revalidate old members.
Senator Danboyi, who added that the committee has set up a stakeholder committee to facilitate smooth operations, added that invitation had been sent across every sphere of the party in the state, saying that the exercise is open to all.
Meanwhile, later in the same day the stakeholders meeting reportedly facilitated by the national registration committee to bring all the factional groups within the party together at Banquet Hall, opposite government house in Ilorin was ended in uproar as attendees were seeing running helter-skelter, throwing Chairs and Tables to each others at the venue.