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APC registration targeting 100 million Nigerians, says Lawan

Nigeria’s Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, has said that the ongoing membership registration and revalidation exercise of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was aimed at capturing over 100 million Nigerians as members of the party.

Lawan, in a statement by his media aide, Special Assistant( Press) Ezrel Tabiowo, in Abuja on Saturday stated this after he revalidated his membership of the party at Katuzu ward in Bade Local Government Area of Yobe North Senatorial District, Yobe state.

He said the exercise was conceived to further democratise the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The senate president also said the process would reposition the APC to dominate the country’s political space by winning more elective seats at the state and federal levels of government.

Lawan said the registration and revalidation exercise would also afford the youths, a critical role in governance.

He said, “When it is time for them to decide who should run for any political office, it should be their decision. So, this is further democratizing the APC.

“And, I believe that this exercise is one that the APC should approach very positively. We should not register anything less than a hundred million Nigerians. And we have every chance and every reason to register more than one hundred million Nigerians in this exercise.

“The exercise will see the party at the National and state zonal and local government levels moving forward to ensure that APC continues to dominate the political space of Nigeria.”

“We have elections this year in Anambra, and by the grace of God, APC will win that election. We have gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and Osun – these are states that are APC – and we will continue to keep them.

“But in 2023, by the Grace of God, APC should win more National Assembly, Gubernatorial seats. APC should continue to dominate the Presidency, and we are not asking for sixteen years.

“We want to do things that will make Nigerians continue to trust the APC; to continue to identify with our government and presidency because we mean well and will continue to do well for Nigeria.”

He also said that it would provide Nigerians at the grassroots the opportunity of being major stakeholders in the nation’s decision-making process.

He added that the exercise became imperative in view of the need to weed out members of the APC who had decamped to other political parties and are still recorded in the party’s register and also to afford new or intending members the opportunity to get registered.

The Senate President said, “The youths, who will be the majority of those that would register, will now have very critical role to play in the politics of APC and the democratic process of Nigeria.

“I also want to say that this exercise is essential because we have names of people who have decamped to other political parties and yet their names are in the register of APC.

“We cannot continue to carry the names of people who have shifted ground. And, essentially, democracy is about the people to take and make decisions on behalf of themselves.

“This is about taking the party to the grassroots. As Mr. President said in Daura, the party should be built from bottom up.

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