Barrister Fatimah Umar, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Congress Appeal Committee for Lagos State, has given the assurance of fairness and transparency by her committee.
She made this known while addressing members of the Governance Advisory Council, (GAC) members of the state executive, and elected officers of the party on Monday.
She affirmed to all members, petitioners, and stakeholders that her recommendations will reflect all factions within the party as part of efforts to reconcile various aggrieved factions within the state.
Umar stated that the APC is one and should not lose its guard to allow it to be destabilized
She assured all members of the committee’s preparedness to reflect all factions in her recommendations, noting that no faction will be shut out.
On the issue of invitation to the meeting raised by a member, she said, “The issue of who to invite is not part of the mandate of my committee. If left to me, I wouldn’t know which group is which. I apologize to those that were not invited. If you feel you are not part of the privileged ones, that is why we are here. It doesn’t matter which group you belong to or what you are agitating for, we are all APC.”
She also spoke about the powers and limitations of the committee regarding the assignment.
According to her, “The congresses are events that lead up to the national convention, the appeal committee has no power to subvert any opinion but to reconcile.
“The work of the appeal committee is to look into the conduct of the state congresses and make recommendations to the national caretaker committee after they might have considered our reports.
“We are going to reflect everybody in our recommendations. What we are not going to do is to shut anyone out and not.
“While I understand that there are certain parties that feel they are being sidelined, I want to appeal to us all to allow the process to be concluded.”
She disclosed further that the collection of petitions from aggrieved members will close on Wednesday, October 27 at 5:pm.
“I want to urge all petitioners to submit their petitions according to the scheduled time. We are progressives and I expect us to obey the rules and follow the process,” she stated.