BY OLASUNKANMI AKONI
LAGOS—As membership registration of All Progressives Congress, APC, commences nationwide, strong indication emerged yesterday that the exercise may experience some hitches in Lagos.
According to impeccable party sources, there were some hitches in many council areas, including Ikeja and Ejigbo council areas, following allegations that the interim Chairman of the party, Chief Oladele Ajomale, manipulated the list to favour his loyalists.
“In Ikeja, there were allegations that 85 per cent of the registration officers list was manipulated by loyalists of Chief Ajomale and this led to rumpus among members who expressed their rejection of the act.
“Also in Ejigbo Local Council Development Area, LCDA, the party chairman was accused of choosing a loyalist who drew the party list alone and this led to the rejection of the registration officers list by party members.” the source said.
Meantime, National leader of the party and former Governor of the state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, while urging members of the party to conduct themselves peacefully during the membership registration, declared that only registered members would get the party’s Identity Card and be recognized as authentic member.
He also warned against using the registration to create division among members.
Tinubu said: “There is discipline in APC. If you are caught promoting division, you will be suspended pending trial. APC is my party. I do not have a group. We cannot encourage grouping or caucuses in APC. If you want to contest for any office, the procedure is in the party constitution.
“You cannot claim to be an APC member until you register. I appeal to you all to formalise your membership of our great party. The registration starts on February 5 and will last six days. It starts from 10am to 6pm daily.”
Also, Ajomale, speaking on the preparation for the exercise at a stakeholders’ meeting earlier, urged members and intending members not to treat the exercise with a joke, stressing that “to be a genuine and card carrying member of APC, you must properly be registered personally, there is no arrangement for proxy”.
“:I want to urge our members and intending members to avail themselves of the opportunity and go and register as a progressive, APC member because we are set for victory. The best party for all the well meaning Nigerians.”
It was learnt that as part of moves to ensure a successful exercise, most chairmen of 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs, have started the mobolisation and sensitization of members in the grassroot on the need to participate in the exercise.
They (chairmen) were said to have provided all necessary logistics to assist the registration officers to achieve maximum result during the exercise.