The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has urged members of the party to register formally.Bola Tinubu
Addressing members yesterday at a stakeholders meeting held at the Lagos State APC Secretariat in Ikeja, the former governor said only registered members would get the party’s Identity Card and be recognised.
He said: “You cannot claim to be an APC member until you register. I appeal to you all to formalise your membership of our great party. The registration starts on February 5 and will last six days. It starts from 10am to 6pm daily.”
Tinubu said arrangements had been made to ensure a hitch-free registration, saying: “The registration forms are ready. They are pre-numbered and have security codes. Nobody can hijack or hoard the forms because they will serve no purpose.”
He urged members to register at the polling units where they voted last, telling those who have relocated to register in their new locations.
The party leader said: “Your physical experience before the registration officers is compulsory. You cannot send your passport and form. That is where rigging starts and APC will never encourage rigging. You will thumb print and you will be given a counterfoil, which you will present later for the collection of your ID card. Every one of you will have the opportunity to register. Do not postpone till tomorrow what you can do today. “
He warned against using the registration to create division among members, saying: “There is discipline in APC. If you are caught promoting division, you will be suspended pending trial. APC is my party. I do not have a group. We cannot encourage grouping or caucuses in APC. If you want to contest for any office, the procedure is in the party constitution.
“We want to show good example, good leadership and let people know we know what we are doing. We shall build this party to victory. Whether Hausa, Ibo or Yoruba, we will remain one. We will perform wonders.”
Lagos APC Chairman Chief Henry Ajomale hailed Tinubu for making the APC a formidable party within a short time.
Ajomale said it was in recognition of Tinubu’s efforts in building a virile opposition party that he was honoured by ThisDay.
He said Tinubu had changed the country’s politics, adding that he was confident that the former governor would lead the party to victory at the national level in next year’s polls.
Governor Babatunde Fashola urged members to conduct themselves with decorum during the registration, adding: “We should not fight ourselves over registration. Let us be patient, so that we can achieve our goal.”
Also at the meeting were the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire; Prince Tajudeen Olusi; Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora; Senator Tony Adefuye; Admiral Lanre Amosu (rtd.); Prince Abiodun Ogunleye; Mr. Ademorin Kuye; Mr. Rotimi Agunsoye and State Woman Leader Mrs. Adetoun Adediran.