The All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced an official site for its membership registration.
The publicity secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena, named www.apcregistration.com as the official site for the registration on Monday to PREMIUM TIMES over a telephone interview.
He said the site “had to be disowned as the necessary measures had not been put in place” as at then.
“We are doing an online registration and the ones that are also sent to the states to register. Then there were no security measures in place. The official site is www.apcregistration.com,” he said.
The party in a statement on Sunday said it had over 13 million members. Mr Nabena told PREMIUM TIMES those were the party’s members before commencement of the present registration. He said the party is yet to collate the number of members from the new registration.
The party, which announced its registration and re-registration of members nationwide, a few weeks back disowned the same site which was said to be registering members in the name of the APC.
The party, in a statement by Mr Nabena, then said the site www.apcregistration.com is unauthorised and a scam.
“We alert our supporters, members and indeed the general public to a purported membership registration website of the All Progressives Congress (APC)– apcregistration.com.
“The website which is trending on social media is unauthorised and a scam.”
When asked where and how the register of the party’s existing members can be gotten he said, “it’s in our datatbase. Our database is on our cloud maybe you will have to write to the party officialy.”
However, as reflected in the recent Osun governorship primary of the party, many APC state chapters have no database of members; a factor that also motivated the new membership registration.
The issue of membership registration and party register become vital as the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party decided to use direct primaries in all its elective positions. This mechanism will involve party members as against the indirect one that depends on delegates.
The party after its NEC meeting had announced direct primaries was going to be just for the presidential election but following several controversial claims regarding the decision, the party in a follow up statement said direct primaries will be adopted for all elective positions
“Primary elections into all elective offices shall be by direct primaries. NEC resolved to adopt direct primaries for the nomination of the presidential candidate and all other primaries,” it said.
The party, which said its constitution provides for indirect election and consensus, however said the use of indirect primaries “is conditional and dependent on logistic impediments; peculiarities and need of a given state.”