A former national Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has revalidated his membership in his party called by the party’s national interim Caretaker Committee.
But on Tuesday, he however subscribed to the exercise which described as strange and unconstitutional.
He said 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 on Tuesday.
According to him, “APC is govern by 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 its 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,”
He said, “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,”
Oshiomhole however noted that between 2015 and now people have exited from the party and others have joined party while some have died, adding that it make sense to review the register so that those who have decamped to APC will be registered while those who have left would be delete.
“If you ask me as a foundation member who have never decamped to revalidate his membership, it is double registration because there is nothing like revalidation in our constitution.
“By asking me to revalidate my membership means I was not a member when I have never leave the party, so I think the correct language should be either reviewing or updating because it make sense to review voters register due to the new members that have joined or those that have exited”.
He said the party has been updating its register from time to time, noting that most of the governors under the party today became members following voters register update hence they were able to contest the governorship election under the party.
“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,”.
He said, “as for me, I think we should just moved on, I am happy I just did it but I don’t need it because my membership has not expired and it can only expired when I decamped, and if I am returning then I can revalidate,”.
“History didn’t just begins today, if we don’t have a valid register, how did we conducted the congress in 2015 in which 16 million registered APC members voted to nominate president Muhammadu Buhari before the general election,”.
He said at one of the party National Executive Council meeting in Abuja when he was the national chairman, he has the honour of presenting membership card to President Buhari,.
“I am a founding governor of APC, I am not a creation of APC, some of those who are rowdy here and there now came to join APC, but we formed the APC,” he said.
Chief Bisi Akande and a Nations leader of the party, Bola Tinubu had also described as a “waste of time”.
But, some leaders of the party including Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on Sunday, endorsed the exercise in view of the current reality.