By Ime Silas
The National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen John James AkpanUdoedehe has decried the hardship posed by the Global Pandemic, Coronavirus on world economies with Nigeria not exempted.
Udoedehe, who stated this today during the inauguration of the APC’s Membership Registration Appeals Committee held at the Party’s National Secretariat, Abuja, however said that his party had made available various shades of stimulus packages for vulnerable families, SMEs and some manufacturing companies.
While inaugurating the Committee, the National Secretary charged them to do justice to all who might wish to approach them regarding any complaints arising from the just concluded membership registration and revalidation exercise.
The speech is hereinunder presented:
ADDRESS BY THE SECRETARY OF THE APC CARETAKER/EXTRAORDINARY CONVENTION PLANNING COMMITTEE (CECPC), SEN. JOHN JAMES AKPANUDOEDEHE DURING THE INAUGURATION OF THE PARTY’S MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION APPEAL COMMITTEE AT THE PARTY’S NATIONAL SECRETARIAT ON THURSDAY APRIL 15, 2021
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the National Secretariat of the party and to this very important occasion.
There is no doubt that the membership registration/revalidation exercise of our party has been a huge success. It shows that Nigerians still have trust and faith in us. It is true that COVID-19 and its attendant consequences has hit us hard, so also the big economies of the world. It is a force majeure, not man-made. But the APC administration has responded remarkably well, on all fronts; by making available various shades of stimulus packages to; vulnerable families, SMEs, businesses and companies manufacturing vital goods. The work is still ongoing.
As an organization based on rules and procedure, avenues and channels must be provided for party members who are dissatisfied with conduct(s) of party officials (adhoc or otherwise) or the processes, to ventilate their grievances through an internal mechanism, hence this Registration Appeals Committee in the circumstance of this exercise.
This party is for all Nigerians, therefore we must show not only by words, but by actions that there is no attempt to; exclude, oppress, sideline nor freeze-out anybody in the party. This is very fundamental, not only to the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), but to our National Chairman – H.E (Hon.) Mai Mala Buni, and the party at-large.
Therefore, your actions in this regard will help engender cohesion, build trust and confidence in this all important exercise. This exercise is the foundation for a lot of activities; the delegates, congresses, nominations and, even the National Convention. So we must get it right. Party members must own the processes. The registration exercise must end on a high note.
The Chairman, Secretary and all of you committee members, were carefully selected based on your proven records. The Committee will be broken into sub-committees to sit across the geo-political zones and issues of bias within the committee and conflicts of interests must be identified and handled, with wisdom. Even though we know that Angels will not come down to do the work.
We trust in your strength of character, your integrity and your capacity to be fair in your dealings to those who approach your committee.
I wish you all the very best in this endeavour.
On behalf of the National Chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), I hereby Inaugurate this Committee, for the good of our Party.
The full composition of the committee is as follows:
- Hon. Farouk Adamu – Chairman
- Hon. Victor Giadom – Secretary
- Emperor Chris Baywood – Member
- Sen. Khairat Gwadabe – Member
- Alh. Misha’u Lawan Didi – Member
- Hauwa Grema Mohammed – Member
- Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN) – Member
- Sen. Ita Enang – Member
- Sen. John Owan Enoh – Member
- Hon. Ejike Njeze – Member
- Abubakar Mohammed Danjuma – Member
- Amb. Jerry Sonny Ugokwe, Ph.D – Member
- Amb. Hassan Ardo – Member
- Barr. Mary Ekpere – Member
- Barr. Fola Vincent – Member
- Dabiu Gambari – Member
- Alh. Tijani Siaka Alfa – Member
- Grace Idakwo – Member