The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola on Friday said the ongoing Revalidation/Registration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will help stop the appointment of dead persons into political offices in the country.
Fashola, who undertook the Revalidation/Registration of his membership at his polling unit in Surulere, said APC was a progressive party and described progressivism as the drive to improve the human condition at any level of leadership.
Noting the gaffe that had been made by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in nominating dead persons into public office, Fashola while urging party members to embrace the exercise, said it would help to identify the true members of the party.
“You will see in the past, we have had some unfortunate incidents where perhaps some people were appointed only for us to find out that they are deceased. So this is also an opportunity to clean up.
“Because there are opportunities also as a member of a party that forms a government, all the appointments and so many things.
“And we need to know who is where, we also need to know what party members do. So, if I am a party member and want to host an event, I can look in my party’s database and see who does event planning, who does catering and we share prosperity,” he said.
“We are a large political family and it is always important to know how many we are and also to increase the number that we are. So this registration exercise first brings about all family members in all wards and polling stations of the country together.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders of the party who had shown positive example by taking part in the exercise.
He advised all party leaders at various levels to mobilise toward growing the party’s strength and creating opportunity for those who wanted to join.
Fashola was accompanied by the Managing Director of the Federal Housing Authority, Sen. Gbenga Ashafa, Chairman of Surulere Local Government, Mr Tajudeen Ajide, among other leaders of the party in Lagos.