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APC suspends re-validation exercise in Delta State

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The All Progressive Congress, APC has announced the suspension of its membership registration/revalidation exercise in Delta State.

The information was disclosed in a statement authored by the state’s APC Publicity Secretary, Mr Sylvester Imonina, in the state capital, Asaba on Thursday.

Imonina in the statement cited pockets of complaints by party members as the reason for the suspension.

“The Delta APC Chapter hereby formally announce to teeming party faithful that following pockets of complaints, the National Caretaker Committee of the party has deemed it necessary to suspend membership registration/revalidation exercise in the state.

“Though, the party is aware that members of the public and party faithful were in high spirit and were looking forward to taking APC to a higher level by mobilising all and sundry who believe in the party for the exercise.

“Unfortunately, the expectation of party faithful had been put on hold for no fault of theirs. In fact, the suspension of the exercise came when it was least expected.

“As at Feb. 9, supervisors to man the 25 Local Government Areas (LGAs) had been trained while preparations were on for the training of those to man the wards and units levels on Feb. 10 and Feb. 11,” he said.

The suspension of the exercise in the state does not come as surprising as the Minister of State, Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo (SAN) had on Wednesday warned that the exercise may lead to chaos if not well handled.

Keyamo in a statement alleged that an unnamed politician in the party planned to hijack the exercise.

He said: “As you are set to distribute your materials to the LGA coordinators on Wednesday,  you must bear in mind the need to balance all the delicate interests within the APC in Delta State in such a way that you don’t put the entire materials meant for any LGA in the hands of two coordinators solely nominated by a particular political leader in the state, including myself.

“That will be unfair, unjust and unacceptable and will be a recipe for chaos in the state. My sources tell me that this is exactly what you plan to do. You need to stop.

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