Lagos â€“ Dr Garuba Abari, the Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) Membership Registration Committee in Lagos State, on Saturday said the party might not extend the ongoing membership registration scheduled to end on Monday.
Abari told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the partyâ€™s secretariat in Ogba, Ikeja, that extension of the exercise was not being contemplated for now.
NAN reports that the membership registration which started nationwide on Feb. 5 is scheduled to end on Feb.10.
Abari said:â€œIt is the national leadership of APC that can decide whether or not to extend the exercise.
â€œWhat we are doing here is to distribute additional registration materials to the units as most of them had ran out of materials due to mass turnout of people for the exercise.
â€œSo far our records are beyond expectations as the rush necessitated demand for more registration materials.â€
Also speaking, the APC interim Deputy Publicity Secretary for Lagos State, Chief Funso Ologunde, said additional registration forms were being distributed across the registration centres because of the turnout.
He told NAN:â€œWe have gone round and what we witnessed was overwhelming.
â€œWe saw people who are hitherto non members of any of the political parties on queues willing to register.
â€œThe registration of APC is open to all Nigerians willing to join the party and all members are equal.â€
Ologunde, however, said that the membership drive was a continuous one.
â€œAfter the ongoing registration at the units, the registration will be sustained at all APC secretariats for anyone who wished to join the party at any time.â€
NAN reports that in some of the registration units visited there was a large turnout of people queuing up to register.
Some of the centres visited include Eti-Osa Ward 022/023, Ikeja-Adigun Junction unit and Ogba Sunday market junction.
A registration official, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that officials would submit their records at the partyâ€™s state secretariat for final collation. (NAN)