- The ruling APC says it now has a membership strength of over 40 million people
- The party's caretaker secretary, John Akpanudoedehe, said the millions of new members were recorded during the recently concluded registration exercise
- This implies that APC allegedly has nearly half of Nigeria's registered voters as its members as INEC's data shows the nation has about 84 million registered electorates
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria's ruling party, has boasted of having a record 40 million members ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
The Nation reported that the party's caretaker secretary, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, made this known on Monday, May 3.
Legit.ng gathers that the APC scribe stated this when the party's caretaker chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state, hosted some non-career ambassadors at the party’s secretariat in Abuja.
Akpanudoedehe explained that the ruling party gained millions of members through its recently concluded membership registration and revalidation exercise.
According to him, the party had only 12 million registered members before Governor Buni came on board, ThisDay also reported.
He boasted that the party now has over 40 million members, implying that the party gained over 28 million new members through the registration and revalidation exercise.
Legit.ng notes that Nigeria currently has 84,004,084 registered voters, according to the information available on the website of the nation's electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
This implies that the ruling party is claiming to have as its members, at least half of the nation's registered voters.
In 2019, President Buhari won his second term bid by polling 15,191,847 votes of the total votes cast.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the lead opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), accused the APC of threatening civil servants in Kano because of the registration exercise.
The opposition party alleged that the APC in the state was threatening civil servants in the state to join the party or lose their salaries.
Similarly, Legit.ng reported that a former senator from Kogi state, Dino Melaye, was pissed at All progressives Congress (APC) members who trooped out across Nigeria to revalidate their membership of the party.
On his Twitter page on Saturday, February 13, the outspoken former federal lawmaker listed the multiple issues that have bedevilled the country under the APC-led federal government.
Melaye mentioned an increase in the prices of rice, petrol, transportation (even by air) as some recent key predicaments citizens have been forced to deal with.