By Danjuma Joseph Lafia
Senator representing Nasarawa Southern Senatorial Zone at the National Assembly, Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, (APC), says the party’s ongoing registration and revalidation exercise is poised to provide credible data on party membership across the country.
Al-Makura stated this in an interview with newsmen shortly after revalidating his membership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the Lungun Wambai polling unit in Gayam Ward, Lafia local government area yesterday.
Al-Makura said the exercise in which the party enumerates details about its membership is a big step towards success of the party in its administration and future political engagements across the country.
“This is because the party will have a data bank that will be relied upon for any kind of decision or engagement. For me, this exercise is very important because since 2014, we have not been opportune to have the exercise,” he said.
He added that the exercise will also provide the party with proper statistics and figures and comprehensive information about every member hence the need to carry out the exercise.
“I believe that once we get it right and get all the avalanche of members trooping in to our party, i have no doubt that APC is the undisputed biggest party in Africa,” he said.
The senator explained that the allocation of 100 membership cards per polling unit across the country by the national body of the party should not be seen as a setback but a starting point for the party in proper registration of members.
“One would think allocating 100 cards per polling unit is far too low compared to the upsurge of people but you see there is always a starting point.
“This is the beginning of a proper documentation and data gathering. It is an exercise that continues. I believe the machinery of the party at the national level has put up a framework so that this exercise will continue,” he said.
He then lauded the committee sent by the national body of the party to supervise the exercise in the state and pledge to fully support and work in tandem with the committee to ensure a smooth process of the exercise.
The lawmaker also called on all APC stakeholders in Nasarawa South to go out enmasse to revalidate their membership and assured new members once they register, they will be treated equally just as old members.