APC Registers Over 220,000 Members In Ekiti
By Maxwell Adegbenro
A total of 226,527 persons have so far been registered as members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State during the recently concluded membership registration exercise of the party.
Interim Chairman of All Progressive Congress in Ekiti State, High Chief Jide Awe made this available to Social media unit through a press statement in Ado Ekiti. The Chairman said, despite provocations and condemnations from opposing camps the exercise, which witnessed a
large turnout, was peaceful, without any let or hindrance.
He commended all those who have registered for keeping faith with the party and advised intending members that are yet to register to still visit their respective wards and do so, describing the APC membership registration as inconclusive and ongoing.
Chief Awe who hails from Erijiyan, Ekiti West had earlier forecasted that the party would register no fewer than 100,000 members, said he based his earlier permutation in a hundred per rolling unit and expressed his delight at the way the exercise eventually turned out.
He said it was a show of great support and endorsement for APC, while the people have also expressed their trust in the Dr John Kayode Fayemi administration.
A breakdown of the figures according to Local Government showed that the largest turnout was recorded in Ado Ekiti local Government which registered 30,070 members. Oye local government followed with the registration of 23,130 members, while Ekiti South West with 19,972 members in third position. Ijero (16,379), Ikole (16,294), Ekiti West (16,020) and Irepodun/Ifelodun (15,389) also experienced large turnouts.
Others are Ido osi (23,100), Gboyin (12,656), Moba (11,028), Ikere (10,568), Ekiti East (10,070), Ise Orun (9,586), Efon (8,594), Emure (8,156) and Ilejemeje (5,515) respectively.
Meanwhile, the Interim Chairman, has urged those intending members yet to register to visit their wards and do so, as the exercise would continue inspite of the expiration of deadline.
According to him, the February 12 closing date which was announced by the party was intended to assess the turnout after the formal exercise and did not necessarily mean that the party would not accept more members. According to him, new registration booklets have been issued to different wards in the state for the continuation of the exercise in order not to deny anyone from joining the party.
On the allegation of compelling the civil servants or any other person to register as the member of the party, Chief Awe said it was a figment of imagination of those peddling rumour, as the party had no such intention and had only attracted the large turnout because of its popularity and the faith people have in it as well as their trust in the good work of the administration of Dr. Fayemi.
Many of those who have registered expressed delight at the opportunity provided for them to formally join the new party and expressed their hope that many more would still be admitted into the party.
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