APC revalidation exercise unconstitutional – Oshiomhole
The immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, on Tuesday, showed his disapproval of the ongoing membership revalidation exercise of the party.
Oshiomhole said the exercise is unconstitutional and double registration for people who have never defected from the party.
The former Edo State governor stated this while fielding questions from journalists shortly after revalidating his membership of the party at Unit 1, Ward 10, Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government of Edo State.
He said: “APC is governed by a constitution and not by man. The constitution only provides for registration and I registered as a member of the APC in 2014 under the Interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande.
“There is nothing in the APC constitution that says a member shall revalidate or renew his membership. Once you registered when you joined the party and you have not decamped, you are a member. So revalidation is strange to our constitution.
“I have only done this because I want peace to reign but in doing this, we have to be careful not to create constitutional breach,” he said.
“If you ask me as a foundation member, who has never decamped, to revalidate my membership, it is double registration because there is nothing like revalidation in our constitution.
He insisted that the word “revalidation” is a misnomer for somebody like him who is a foundation member and has never defected from the party.
“By asking me to revalidate my membership means I was not a member. So, I think the correct language should be either reviewing or updating because it makes sense to review voters register due to the new members that have joined or those that have exited.
“So what this means now is that I have come here to do another registration but I insist that my registration never expired within the provision of the APC constitution.
“For me, I think we should just move on. I am happy I just did it but I don’t need it because my membership has not expired and it can only expire when I decamp(sic).
“History didn’t just begin today. If we don’t have a valid register, how did we conducted (sic) the congress in 2015 in which 16 million registered APC members voted to nominate President Muhammadu Buhari before the general election?”