- Nigeria's political atmosphere is currently charged as the country's ruling party scouts for more members
- A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress has asked the party to also consider accepting opposition party members during the exercise
- The APC is carrying out a membership registration and revalidation exercise nationwide
The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, has said that access should be given to members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), willing to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the ongoing membership registration exercise of the ruling party.
Omo-Agege made the comment in his country home in Orogun, Ughelli North local government area of Delta state.
Daily Trust reports that Omo-Agege made his stance known while addressing his supporters for the flag off of the APC registration exercise in the state.
According to him, the essence of the exercise is to rejuvenate the party in preparation for future elections.
“This exercise is going to be different. Everybody and anybody desirous to be registered should not be denied, including PDP members, especially the aggrieved ones. Let’s reach out to them.
“The exercise should not be factionalised. We won’t entertain reports from people that they are shut out from joining the party. When the APC is firmly on the ground in every unit, then we can ensure victory for the party in all elections from bottom up.”
In a related development, the minister of state for petroleum resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has revalidated his membership of the APC in the ongoing nationwide fresh registration/revalidation exercise.
The former governor of Bayelsa state also urged all APC members and those that are yet to join the party to take advantage of the ongoing exercise.
The Bayelsa-born politician revalidated his membership of APC at ward 4 (Agadama), Brass local government area of Bayelsa state on Sunday, January 31.
Legit.ng had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, January 30, revalidated his APC membership status at his Sarkin Yara polling unit in Daura, Katsina state.
The president was accompanied to the venue by some APC governors, the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, and the party's national leaders.
Meanwhile, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state had stated that the APC will soon become the largest political party in Africa.
The Kogi state governor also said developed nations will come learning the ropes of progressive politics from the party soon.
Bello made the comment when he spoke at the inauguration of the mobilisation committee for the party’s membership registration/revalidation exercise on Tuesday, January 12.