New members of the All Progressives Congress will no longer be considered for automatic qualification to run for any political office, the Punch reports.
This is one of the changes which the ruling party’s Constitution Review Committee intends to institute.
If the change is made, new members of the party (defectors) won’t be able to seek elective office until he/she must have spent a certain period of time in the party.
The APC also intends to replace its Board of Trustees with an Elders’ Council with a subsequent reduction in the number of council members.
A senior member of the APC, said that “The proposals will substantially alter the way we do things.”
“Remember the proposal to have the Elders’ Council to replace the BoT and the substantial reduction of the number of members who qualify to be on the council. There are some few radical changes being proposed.”
“There is the issue of anyone coming in and standing for elections almost immediately; well we are putting a bar. You know that now by our constitution, if you join the party today, you can contest tomorrow.”
“That will no longer be the practice when this proposal scales through, we need to bring back order, and new members must apart from being financially up-to-date, must be prepared to pay their political dues before they could be eligible to stand for elections on the party’s platform.”
“The issue of indiscipline is one area the committee is also proposing radical changes. There is a lot of indiscipline going on in the party and we intend to put a stop to it.”