The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Saturday called on Nigerians to take advantage of the ongoing registration and revalidation exercise to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) by becoming a member.
The Speaker, who described the APC as the “party of progress”, appealed to all party members to join the mobilisation efforts to get more eligible Nigerians to participate in the exercise.
Gbajabiamila made the call on Saturday in Lagos shortly after he re-registered to revalidate his membership of the party in Surulere Constituency, Lagos.
The Speaker, who represents Surulere 1 Federal Constituency, stated that the APC was committed to upholding democratic principles, adding that the exercise was for both existing members and new ones.
Addressing members soon after he revalidated his membership of the party, Gbajabiamila said, “I want to urge Nigerians to use the opportunity of the registration/revalidation exercise to join the party. APC is the number one party; APC is the party of progress.
“I also urge all our party members to participate in the exercise to update their membership and take ownership of the party.
“You need to take ownership of the party and until you have registered, re-registered or have been revalidated, you are obviously not yet an authentic member of the APC.”
He noted that members could register their grievances, participate in party activities and make any contributions they wished to make to community development in the name of the APC.
He also assured all that the APC would not discriminate against anyone.
Gbajabiamila specifically called on APC members in his constituency to move from communities to communities to mobilise new members to join the party.
He stated, “My charge to you today is to go and look for those who have not registered before, those who were not members of APC.
“Those who were 15, 16, 17 and so on; were not eligible the time we did the last election.
“So, we want the youths, everybody to be registered with the party.”
Many party members swarmed the venue of the exercise in Surulere to witness the speaker as he participated in the exercise.