TEXT OF A NEWS BRIEFING BY THE KWARA STATE CARETAKER COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ALHAJI ABDULLAHI SAMARI AHEAD OF THE APC REGISTRATION/REVALIDATION EXERCISE BEGINNING ON TUESDAY FEBRUARY 9, 2021.
Good afternoon gentlemen of the press.
We have called you this afternoon to update members of the public, especially our party members on the APC registration/revalidation exercise, which begins tomorrow February 9, 2021 across 1,872 polling units of our state. That is, the exercise will take place simultaneously across all the 16 local government areas of the state.
Existing and intending members are to visit their respective polling units with two passport photographs and their voter’s card. However, anyone above 18 years without a voter’s card can also register while they are urged to register to vote, as a matter of civic responsibility, when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) begins another voter registration exercise nationwide.
I want to reiterate that this exercise is being conducted by the Senator John Danboi’s committee. Ours as members of the Kwara State Caretaker Committee of the party is to mobilise the people and provide necessary support and logistics for the exercise. To this extent, we have deployed two supervisors in each local government and 36 for all the 16 LGAs; two (2) supervisors per ward, making a total of 386 ward supervisors; and three unit officers in each of the 1,872 polling units, making a total of 5,616 polling unit officers for the exercise.
People are urged to be peaceful and orderly. The party sees no reason why anyone should deploy violence or resort to self-help in the exercise. Every willing person will be registered.
Any report or complaints from each unit should be channeled to the party through their respective ward supervisors. Ward supervisors should report any complaints from their end to their local government supervisors, while the LG supervisors channel any report or complaints to the State Committee.
The party has set up a standing committee to ensure prompt resolutions of any development anywhere in the state.
Once again, the party urges everyone to be peaceful and orderly. Security agencies will be on the ground to maintain law and order. No genuine party member is expected to engage in any violent act.
I use this medium to condemn in the strongest terms possible the reported incident of violence in parts of Edu local government today, even as we await full briefings on what truly happened. Violence, under whatever guise, is unacceptable. We call on the security agencies to promptly arrest and prosecute anyone involved in unleashing violence on the people. Just as the Governor has rightly noted, there is no basis for anyone resorting to violence as no one would be excluded.
Thank you and God bless you.