- The minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has commended APC members over the party's ongoing registration and revalidation exercise
- Aregbesola made the commendation on Saturday, February 20, in the Ilesa area of Osun state
- The former governor, however, noted that some miscreants have joined the party
Rauf Aregbesola, the minister of interior, has declared that killers and miscreants have been allowed to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) during the ongoing party's registration and revalidation exercise.
Legit.ng reports that the former governor of Osun state disclosed via his official Facebook page on Saturday, February 20, after he revalidated his APC membership at his Ifofin, Ward 8, Ilesa east local government area of the state.
He said the registration afforded members the opportunity to deepen internal democracy in the party, adding that they now have a say in whoever becomes the flagbearer either at the party level or for government elective positions.
Aregbesola, however, said those who constitute the majority of the party membership must represent the core values of the party despite that some suspects, murderers, character assassins have joined the party.
“Earlier today, I and members of my family revalidated our membership of the All Progressives Congress, APC at Ifofin, Ward 8, Ilesa East Local Government Area, State of Osun. I thank our leaders, members of our party and people of the community who came out en masse to receive me.
“This registration affords us the opportunity to deepen internal democracy in the party. Our members now have a say in whoever becomes the flagbearer either at the party level or for government elective positions.
“Though the constitution allows everyone to register as a member of any political party, even if they are suspects, murderers, character assassins, etc., but those who constitute the majority of the party membership must represent the core values of the party. What distinguishes us are the values we hold. We value social democracy to a large extent, (and) liberal democracy and progressivism.”
Aregbesola said he and his people would remain in the party, but would not relate with people who do not have good character.
He said there must be a clear distinction between jolly good fellows and fair-weather friends who would leave the party when they sense a better opportunity elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun state asked political office holders at the local government level in the state to vacate their positions following the expiration of their tenures.
It was reported that the political office holders were sworn in on February 5, 2018, after the local government elections of January 27, 2018.
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