The All Progressives Congress (APC) State Congress Appeal Committee for Lagos State, has said that submission of petitions by aggrieved groups within the party would end on Wednesday.
The Appeal Committee made this known through its Chairman, Barr. Fatima Umar, at a special meeting with stakeholders at the party’s secretariat on Acme Road, Ikeja.
It would be recalled that the APC held its State Congress nationwide on October 16, 2021.
Speaking on their mandate, Umar said that the committee was constituted by the national headquarters of the party to look into petition or complain any group might have against the state congress held at Mobolaji Johnson Arena (formerly Onikan Stadium).
Umar stated: “We are here to right the wrongs and heal the wounds. We can always iron things out as a family. When there is unity, we can achieve great thing as a family. You don’t throw away your family because you are upset. You don’t throw away your family because things do not go your way. We should not allow people will take power from get back into power.
“We should not allow any disagreement within the family to distract us from our noble cause. I will operate an open door policy. Please feel free to tell us what went wrong so that we can fix it,”
Umar implored all members to forgive each other so that the party could move forward.
“Lagos is an example of what unity in a political party can achieve. Lagos is an example of what progressive leadership can achieve. Please, we are here at your service and we look forward to hearing from you, and we look forward to interacting with you,” she added.
According to her, members of the party should obey the rule, do the right things and follow due process and comply with guidelines to help the committee.
A representative of the Conscience Forum, one of the aggrieved groups within Lagos APC, Jimi Shobayo, said that there were warring factions in the party, even as he called for inclusion, fairness, equity and justice.
Shobayo decried that various aggrieved groups within the party had not received results of the ward and local government areas congresses set up by the national headquarters of the party.
Also, Sunday Ajayi, who spoke on behalf of another aggrieved group, Lagos4Lagos Movement, expressed doubt about the fairness of the committee.
Ajayi alleged that the committee appeared to be biased with the composition of the groups invited for the meeting.