By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
A Member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Committee, Senator Abba Ali says the essence of the ongoing registration and revalidation exercise is to allow Nigerians who respect, cherish and love the party, own and make it more supreme as the largest political platform in Africa.
” We want the people to form the party themselves , allow them to elect the leaders they like. This is the crux of the exercise which is also expected to reunite and strengthen APC’s capacity to drive a responsive and more democratic principles of equality, participation and justice.
” This is the dream of our National Leader , President Muhammadu Buhari and all of us”, he said.
Similarly, the former Senator disclosed that the ruling party will provide eighteen million additional registration across the country for the exercise.
Aliyu made the disclosures to reporters Tuesday in Sokoto shortly after monitoring the ongoing exercise in Katsina, Zamfara , Kebbi and Sokoto states.
Ali, who is also the Head of the North -West Registrar and Revalidation Supervision, added that , the exercise was conceived as part of efforts to update the register of the largest Political Party in Africa, the APC.
He also noted that the world was in a digital age and the APC will not lag behind it has to move with the time .
He explained that the decision to provide the additional cards was sequel to popular demands .
Ali said : ” Each of the nearly 180,000 Polling Units in the country, in the 8,812 Political Wards was given one hundred registration cards for the ongoing two-weeks exercise .
” Happily, due to high demands and Nigerians, APC and non APC members were eagerly waiting to participate in the exercise , the cards finished on the day of the commencement of the exercise in some polling units.
” This informed the decision by the NEC to provide the additional cards and as we are speaking now, the cards are being printed .
” They will be distributed across the country, as soon as possible . So far, so good , as the exercise is going smoothly , with little hitches that had been surmounted .”
Senator Aliyu reiterated that President Muhammadu Buhari was relentlessly working to take Nigeria to greater heights saying that, ” that is why Nigerians have been enthusiastically willing to join the APC.
” The ongoing exercise is the beginning of many good things to accrue to Nigerians, including plausibly combating the myriad of security challenges in Nigeria .”
The APC stalwart also submitted that, change takes time to be efficacious, saying ,” this exercise will help to bolster good governance in the country .”