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APC membership registration impressive, peaceful nationwide

13 February 2014, 08:38

Abuja - The turnout of All Progressives Congress (APC) membership registration which ended on Wednesday had been adjudged by members as impressive and peaceful nationwide.

In Bauchi State, Danjuma Dabo, the Secretary of the party, said the registration was successful in the state.

He told the media that the turnout was wonderful because in some areas, the membership cards were exhausted on the first two days of the exercise.

Some members of the party also told NAN that they were able to register in their wards despite the late start of the exercise in those areas.

Similarly, there was a large turnout of APC members for the exercise in Kwara.

Ben Olajumoke, the Registration Supervisor for Mogaji Are Ward 2, Maraba-Ilorin, said on Wednesday, that there was an impressive turnout of members for the APC registration in the state.

He said “to my surprise, women came out in large numbers to register because their population outnumbered that of men.”

Another Supervisor in Zango Ward, Alhaji Yinuz Saheed, told the media that despite the extension of the exercise, there was increased turnout.

“Our stakeholders in this Zango unit have made 10 photographers available in 10 designated areas to capture the people,” he said.

A Chieftain of APC in the state, Kayode Olawepo, also expressed satisfaction at the turnout of members for the exercise.

In Ondo State, the APC chapter in the state expressed pleasure at the massive turnout of members for the registration.

Babatunde Opedun, a member of the Registration Supervisory Committee in Akure South Local Government, said the turnout was impressive.

According to him, the large turnout implies that Nigerians are yearning for change.

He said INEC officials had already visited various points of the exercise to attest to the party's compliance within the purview of the law.

In Zamfara, more than 12 500 people in Bungudu West Constituency alone registered as members of APC.

A member representing the constituency in the State House of Assembly, Alhaji Mansur Bungudu, said the constituency had 125 polling units and each of the units had more than 1000 persons.

The lawmaker said that since the beginning of the exercise, people of the constituency were coming out every day to register and commended them for the large turnout.

In a related development, the Lagos Stated chapter of the APC, on Wednesday, commended its members for the good conduct during the party's just concluded membership registration.

The Lagos State Interim Chairman of the party, Chief Henry Ajomale, said the turnout was beyond the party's imagination.

He noted that “the registration is a continuous one. The one that just ended is the flagship exercise and every Nigerian is welcome to join the APC at any time.”

In Kano, no fewer than 1.5 million people have so far been registered at the membership registration of the APC, the Chairman of the Registration Supervisory Committee in the state, Dr Mustapha Inuwa, said.

Inuwa told NAN on Wednesday that registration would continue “until all materials sent to Kano State are exhausted.”

“We have requested for additional materials and they are yet to be exhausted, especially the rural areas.”

He expressed optimism that the party would register more than two million people, in view of the large turnout of members still being recorded at most registration centres.

“We hope that by Friday we will get our target of between two million and 2.2 million people because people are still going to register.”

In Katsina, the party had requested for additional 100 000 membership cards from the headquarters to enable more party members to register.

The state’s party Interim Management Committee Chairman, Alhaji Ahmad Dangiwa, told NAN in Katsina on Wednesday that the 500 000 cards allocated to the state had been exhausted.

“The additional cards, when supplied, will be taken to major towns like Funtua, Daura, Katsina, Malumfashi and Kankia,” he said.

Dangiwa added that the party had extended the exercise in Dutsin-ma and Katsina local governments to Thursday because those areas received their registration materials late.

The chairman expressed delight over the large turnout of members and the success recorded in the exercise.

“I want to confirm to you that APC has recorded 95 per cent success during the exercise in Katsina State because the party is all out to ensure justice to all,” he said.

The APC in Plateau on Wednesday said it targeted no fewer than two million members in its ongoing registration in the state.

The state Acting Organising Secretary, Alhaji Jamilu Baba, told NAN in Jos that the exercise had been smooth.

He said no fewer than 100 enthusiastic persons were expected to be captured per polling unit statewide.

According to Baba, the targeted areas are Jos North Local Government Area and the Northern Senatorial zone of the state, where the party has large members.

Baba said that the registration duration extension was meant to give all those who wanted to join the party the opportunity to do so and assured them of adequate registration materials to accommodate everyone.

The APC nationwide registration started on February 5 to end on February 10.

However, it was extended from February 10 to February 12, 2014.

-    NAN

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