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APC revalidation exercise runs into trouble in FCT

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Cyril Mbah, Abuja

Despite assurances by the FCT minister, Mallam Mohammed Bello, of a hitch-free membership revalidation exercise in the territory, there are reports of bias in favour of indigenes at several registration centres in the six area councils of the territory.

Our reporter, who has been monitoring the exercise in AMAC, Kuje, Gwagwalada, Abaji, Kwali and Bwari area councils noted that non-indigenes who have settled in their present locations for several years were denied registration.

It was gathered that the directive was a direct instruction from APC headquarters and the field workers were reluctant to abandon it or introduce fairness in the registration exercise.

Many non-indigenes have accepted their fate after protesting without result and hope to be bio-data captured before the end of the exercise.

A journalist, Mr. Usman Shuaibu, of the Abuja-based People’s Daily newspaper, who spoke on the matter said it would have been better to attend to people on “first come, first served” basis to maximise the registration of intending members.

He said it was doubtful that people who experienced frustration on their first attempt to register would even bother to go back to the registration areas.

Efforts to obtain comments from local officials of the APC were rebuffed.

The FCT minister had joined Senator Osita Izunaso, chairman, North Central Zone Registration Committee, in assuring, during the flag-off of the exercise last week, that whoever wants to become a member of the APC would be registered.

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