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APC membership registration continues nationwide

06 February 2014, 16:04

Abeokuta - The nation-wide registration by members of the All Progressives Party (APC) continued on Wednesday with  late arrival of materials amidst some successes in some states.

In Ogun, Governor Ibikunle Amosun and a former governor of the state, Segun Osoba, expressed satisfaction with the turnout of members to exercise their civic responsibility.

Amosun, who registered at Ajura Ward 1 in Ajura town in Obafemi Owode Local Government, said he was encouraged by the large number of people who came to register in various centres.

He commended the organisers of the exercise for the peaceful and orderly manner and encouraged them to ensure that the process was not hijacked by people with ulterior motives.

Osoba, who registered at Ago-Oba Central Mosque registration centre in Abeokuta South Local Government, said the turnout was an indication that APC was solid and strong in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reporters who monitored the exercise across the state, however, reports that the turnout was low in some parts of Ado-Odo/ Otta and Ijebu-Ode Local Government.

Only two people registered at ward 9 in Odo-egan area of Ijebu-Ode Local Government as at 2.15 p.m and eight people at ward 8 in Fibigbade area of Ago-Iwoye town in Ijebu-North Local Government at 2.30p.m.

NAN reports that registration materials were brought late at many of the centres, particularly in the rural areas.

Some of the members told NAN that they were not properly informed about the requirements for the excercise while others went to wrong centres among other anomalies.

The Chairman, Registration Committee for APC in the state, Niyi Fabikun, in a telephone interview with NAN, acknowledged some logistics challenges in the rural areas.

He said that while such could not be overruled on the first day, "we are making frantic efforts to sensitise and further mobilise the  people.

"By and large, I can say that the exercise has started on an encouraging note, particularly in urban centres."

Late arrival of materials marred the registration across the three senatorial districts of Edo

?NAN reports that the materials were yet to arrive at various polling units as at mid day amidst scores of party enthusiasts seen loitering around the units waiting for officials of the party to commence the exercise.

The NAN correspondent who monitored the exercise at some polling units in Benin, observed that intending party faithful waited patiently for the materials to arrive from Benin. ?

At Urhomehe, home town of the state Deputy Governor, Dr Pius Odubu, some party faithful expressed displeasure over the delay in the arrival of materials but said they were determined to wait and be registered.

?Meanwhile, Odubu has applauded the initiative of the party in ensuring that only genuine members were registered. ?

"The beauty of this exercise is that nobody can import, infiltrate or hijack the exercise. ?The party has said that to be eligible for registration, you can only be registered at your polling units where you were registered as a voter

?"This will ensure that the party has a data base of all registered voters in any national election. ?

Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the leader of the APC and former deputy chairman of the defunct ACN in South South, expressed confidence that at the end of the five-day registration, it would be a huge success.

?The registration witnessed some delays in Borno as most centres could not commence the exercise early.

NAN correspondent, who went round Maiduguri reports that most centres were empty except for a few party members seeking to obtain the membership card.

Party members were seen loitering some of the centres as at noon trying to inquire on the take off of the registration.

Commenting on the exercise, Senator Kaka Yale, the Interim State Chairman of the party told NAN that in Maiduguri that the party had put in place necessary structures for the successful conduct of the exercise.

"As I am talking to you now, registration officials are getting set to leave for their various destinations all over the state.

"What happened was that training of officials did not end in time which accounted for the delay in commencement of the exercise,'' he said.



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