25th August, 2013
The National Interim EXCO of Nigeria’s All Progressives Congress (APC) has approved the establishment of State Harmonisation Committees, to avoid creating a vacuum in the party structure.
The SHC will also regulate the activities of the Party at the State level and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Lai Mohammed, the Party’s interim publicity secretary in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday, said the decision to set up the State Harmonization Committees (SHC), followed the adoption of the report of the Masari Committee by the National Interim EXCO which met last week in Abuja.
According to him, the SHC shall comprise President/Vice President, past and serving, who are members of the Legacy Parties; Governors/Deputy Governors, past and serving, who are members of the Legacy Parties; Serving and former Senators who are members of the Legacy Parties; Serving members of the House of Representatives who are members of the Party and Speakers or Minority Leaders of the States House of Assembly who are members of the Party.
APC listed others as former Ministers who are members of the Legacy Parties; All immediate past National EXCO Members of the Legacy Parties; Immediate past Gubernatorial candidates of legacy Parties, and their Deputies where APC does not have a sitting Governor who are still Members of the Legacy Parties; Nine persons comprising of 3 elders, 3 youths and 3 women, with one of each being from each of the Senatorial Districts of the State; State Chairmen and the Secretaries of the legacy Parties; Members of the National Interim EXCO and Federal Commissioners who are members of the Legacy Parties.
The party said these persons shall be recommended to the National Interim EXCO, for their approval and inauguration, by National Vice Chairmen in conjunction with Members of the National Interim EXCO from their Zone.
Mohammed listed the functions of the SHC as including harmonizing and fusing the structures of legacy Parties into one united, strong and vibrant APC Party in an atmosphere of peace and harmony; organizing meetings of the Party at all levels in the State (that is polling units, wards, LGA, Area Council and State). It will also embark on massive mobilization, coordination and consolidation of members into the Party in accordance with stipulated guidelines issued by National interim EXCO.
APC said the SHC shall also take inventory of existing assets of
legacy Parties across the State, harmonize same for the effective
establishment of the Party structure in all polling units, wards,
Local Government and State in accordance with the directive and
guidelines from the National Interim EXCO, and ensure effective
implementation of the registration process, such that all persons
desiring registration into the Party are afforded the right to be so
registered in accordance with the directives from the National Interim EXCO.
”This Committee shall be answerable and report to the Interim
National EXCO of its decisions and steps taken in the performance of the assignment through the National Vice Chairman of the zone,” the party said.