Lafia - The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State has concluded arrangements to begin permanent membership registration in compliance with the directives of its national secretariat.
General Mohammed Garba,(Rtd ), chairman of the registration supervisory committee for the state, outlined the modalities for the conduct of the exercise at an interactive meeting with the interim officials of the party on Tuesday in Lafia.
Garba said the exercise was aimed at producing a comprehensive database of party members and to know its membership strength.
He said the exercise that was scheduled to begin on Wednesday would last for five days.
The chairman said prospective members of the party would also be able to register online after the first phase of the exercise had been done.
He said that each polling unit shall have two registration officers who shall be answerable to three ward supervisory officers charged with the responsibility of collating the data for onward submission to another three local government supervisory officers.
Garba also said that the final collation and verification would be carried out by the state registration supervisory committee, which shall have five members drawn from other states in the spirit of fair play.
He stressed that the registration was for active politicians, and that “no party leader or aspirants should be given these forms for onward delivery.
"And no one is also allowed to photocopy the forms because they are serially made for single individuals,” he said.
Stanley Buba, interim state chairman of the party, urged prospective members to turn out en masse to participate in the exercise.
Buba, however, warned civil servants to shun partisan politics since there were other avenues they could express their solidarity to the party.
Earlier, the Secretary to the State Government, Zainab Abdulmumin, who represented Governor Umaru Al-Makura, said the APC in the state was not distracted by what she termed "cosmetics of defections" of its party members to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Al-Makura stated that “the most important people are those at the grassroots and they are fully behind us.”