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Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has stressed the need for the continued reevalution of the Constitution of the All Progressives Congress, APC , to reflect its democratic tendencies,where members practice and ensure internal democracy.
Gov.Abiodun stated this at the APC Constitution Review of the SouthWest Stakeholders Meeeting held at the Banquet Hall, June 12 Cultural Center, Abeokuta., noting that it was time to tinker with the Constitution to make the party more potent and acceptable to the populace.
“it is important that we come together to appraise ourselves as members of this great party, this will give us the opportunity to evaluate the journey so far. It is a period of self examination.
“In doing this, the Constitution of our party is a vital instrument that we must prove to others that we are the democrats, We must be seen as practicing and ensuring internal democracy even within the party” he said.
The Governor opined that there are bound to be disagreement on issues concerning the party, adding however that no matter how tough the disagreement might seem, what matters is the ability of members to resolve misunderstanding, learn from mistakes and move forward”
According to Gov.Abiodun”At this meeting, therefore, We should be able to resolve all our disagreement and chart a new course for the progress of our great party”.
The Governor of Osun State, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, in his speech, said the meeting is a response to the growing agitation of members for the reform of the party. He added that it was an opportunity and avenue to listen and learn from each other for the progress of the party.
Ondo State Helmsman,Mr.Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on his part said the six zones would constitute a committee that would present its position to the review committee.
Gov.Akeredolu also listed constitution of Board of Trustees of the party, mode of conducting primate elections and how to become a delegate as germane issues that needed to be examined in the presentation of positions to the review committee.
The former Governor of Ogun State and chieftain of the party,Chief Olusegun Osoba called on the committee to ensure that internal democracy remain the cardinal principle of the party at all levels.
Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Constitution Review Committe, Professor Tahir Mamman , assured that the committee would take into consideration all views generated from the zone.
Earlier in his welcome address, the caretaker chairman of the party in Ogun state, Chief Yemi Sanusi, pinpointed the need to reshape the current constitution which has been in existence since the formation of the party in 2013 formed part of the basis for the setting up of the Constitution Review Committe.
He called on the leaders of the party to look at ways of coming up with a constitution that would make the party much stronger.