For the second time in eight years, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has commenced the process of reviewing its constitution.
This follows the inauguration of an 8-member committee chaired by Prof. Tahir Mamman to review the APC constitution.
This is coming ahead of the 2023 general election, which the party is poised to win.
This is the second the party would be reviewing its constitution since the party was formed in 2013.
The National Secretary of the party, Sen. John Akpanudoedehe inaugurated the committee on Tuesday at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja, unbehalf of the National Chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Mai Mala Buni.
Members of the committee included Prof. Tahir Mamman, – Chairman, Prof. Dakas C.J. Dakas, Hon. Akinremi Olaide, Dr. Ego Queen Ezuma, Hon. Mohammed Kumaila, Shuaibu Enejo Aruwa, Barr. Ekokoi Solomon and Dare Oketade as Secretary.
Inaugurating the committee, Akpanudoedehe said, “At the formation stages, parties will often adopt the minimum requirements needed to secure registration.
“But as a pro-peoples party, the APC leadership of Gov. Mai Mala Buni believes that in rebuilding the party, there must be reforms that reflect the current trends and aspirations of the owners of the party: that is the people, the masses.”
He said that law itself was not a finished product, but a work in progress.
“Our party has grown quite large in the last few years and is poised to become the largest party on the continent with the ongoing membership registration and revalidation exercise,” Akpanudoedehe said.
“For this reason, we must have a set of laws that is near perfect, by filling the lacunas. Therefore, your work is well set out for you.”
Akpanudoedehe added that the capacities of members of the committee were not in doubt.
According to him, the party therefore expects the committee to work as a team to harness its abilities for the overall benefit of the APC and its larger members.
He said the party expected the committee to seek inputs from critical stakeholders, advocacy groups and party members in the course of the assignment.
In a remark, chairman of the committee, Mamman thanked the party’s leadership for the confidence reposed in them.
He gave an assurance that the committee would work within the time frame and approach its task with all seriousness.
He maintained that the committee would also ensure that the exercise was all inclusive by seeking inputs from interested stakeholders.