By Onoja Integrity
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, a former national chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has said that the ongoing revalidation exercise being conducted by the interim national Chairman of the party is not inline with the party’s constitution. And that he only did to it to maintain peace.
The immediate past national chairman of the APC revealed this to the press after under going his membership revalidation at Unit 1, ward 10, Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State.
According to him, since 2025, a lot of persons have joined the party while others have left and that all that needs to be done is for those coming in to get registered while those who left should be deleted.
He added that the party has continually updated its register from time to time and that some of the governors who decamped to the party were able to contest because the register was updated.
“APC is governed by the constitution, 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 register 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. So, when people talk about revalidation, we must begin to ask questions because people talk as if the party has no history.
“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.
“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.
“As 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 decamped, and if I am returning then I can revalidate.
“History didn’t just begin today, if we don’t have a valid register, how did we conduct the congress in 2015 in which 16 million registered APC members voted to nominate President Muhammadu Buhari before the general election?”