Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has disagreed with pioneer chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, over the ongoing membership registration and revalidation exercise.
Akande had last week while revalidating his membership of the party said the exercise was needless, adding that “no population census is repeated within less than a decade and that voters are not re-registered at every election.
“I see the present APC membership registration within less than a decade after the original register as an indefensible aberration leading to certain ugly perceptions.”
Fayemi while revalidating his membership at his Unit 09, Ward 11 in Isan-Ekiti, Oye local government area of the state on Tuesday, however, justified the exercise.
He said it was expressly stated in Article 9 of the party’s constitution.
The governor, who described Chief Akande as his father, explained that aside from updated database of the party, the exercise would afford members the opportunity of revalidating their membership and as well allow members of the public to join the folds of the progressives.
He said: ”Baba Bisi Akande is my father, I hope you know that and he is somebody I have the greatest respect for but I also read the constitution of the party. What the constitution says I believe in Article 9 is that the party register must be updated in every six months. So, If this is being done in compliance with the constitution of the party, I really don’t see anything wrong in it.
“Don’t forget that Baba Akande didn’t say we should not register, as a matter of fact, he revalidated his membership in Ila-Orangun.
“All he said was that he really would like our party to do things in a manner that we will earn the credibility of the entire membership and I believe that is what the National Caretaker Committee has directed those conducting this exercise to do.
“We don’t want to deprive anybody of registering in the party and others from joining the party. It is an open field and we want everybody here.”
Fayemi revealed that the party won’t end by getting the database of the members alone, but the party would work hard to register itself in the minds of Nigerians.
According to him, the party at the national level has placed a big task on the shoulders of the party political office holders to ensure that they warm themselves into the hearts of Nigerians through superlative performances at all levels.
“The revalidation and registration exercise is an opportunity for us to get a reliable database about our members and beyond that, we have tried to register APC in the minds of the people.”