The former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, on Tuesday, said the ongoing party’s membership re-validation exercise organized by the Interim Caretaker Committee is against the ruling party’s constitution.
Speaking on Tuesday after his participation in the exercise at his ward, Unit 1, Ward 10, Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government of Edo State. Oshiomhole described the revalidation process as strange.
He said “it is double registration because there is nothing like revalidation in our constitution”.
The former governor of Edo state noted that the APC is governed by a constitution, which does not provide for a person to revalidate or renew membership
“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 registered 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,” he said.
Oshiomhole, however, noted that between 2015 and now, people have exited from the party and others have joined while some have died, adding that it makes sense to review the register so that those who have decamped to APC will be registered while those who have left will be deleted.
“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,” Oshiomhole said.