The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State on Monday inaugurated and sworn-in its new state executive council members while calling for an end to various caucuses within the party.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a former national Legal Adviser of APC, Mr Babatunde Ogala administered oath of office to the new state officers.
Meanwhile, Alhaji Tajudeen Olusi, the Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), the highest decision making organ of Lagos APC, presented Certificates to all the 37 state officers.
In his address, Mr Cornelius Ojelabi, the State Chairman of the party, who had earlier been inaugurated by the National body, said the state excos would elevate fairness and equity in running the affairs of the party.
Ojelabi said that the Lagos APC was in dire need of all genuine compatriots to build better party for all.
He said: “We are all involved in strengthening the party to enviable position.
“All of us have the responsibility to make APC a truly progressive party where oppression and partiality will no longer be the order of the day.
“We shall henceforth give priority to justice and equity so that everyone’s goals and aspirations can be fulfilled in relative peace. There will be no room for injustice.”
Ojelabi assured that the excos would put collective interest above personal interest and give every member his or her dues.
The chairman said that the executive would regards every member of the party as one, respect and care for them.
Ojelabi added: “We must try as much as possible to bring back the glory. We must try as much as possible to reconcile and deepen our democracy.
“This team is saddled with the responsibility of rescuing the party back on track. It means everyone must work together to retake our lost glory.
“As you are taking the oath of office today, I want to charge you to go to your various constituencies and commence a process of harmony and genuine reconciliation.
” Whatever be the sort of caucus or caucuses we belong to, today as we taking oath of office, we are taking the oath to serve the people of Lagos State, all members of APC irrespective of your caucuses.
“Forget about the issue of caucuses now and focus on ensuring peace, harmony and expanding the membership of our party.”
In his remarks, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, the Chairman, Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), the highest decision making body in Lagos APC congratulated the new excos.
“You have been giving a very heavy responsibility to control the running of the party. Today, we have bestowed on you a responsibility to put this party in proper shaped,” Olusi said.
He urged the state officers to read and understand the manifestos of the party to be equipped to answer people’s questions.
Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, a former deputy governor of the state, who described the newly inaugurated excos as being competent to lead the party to greater heights,, called for fairness and equity and empathy.
Ogunleye urged the party officers to always treat issues and not personalities while carrying out their duties.
Also speaking, Mr David Setonji, the Chairman, Lagos State House Committee on Information Publicity and Security, expressed confidence in the capacity of Ojelabi to lead the party to higher heights.
Setonji urged the new executives to labour more and intensify efforts on integration of party members across the state.
The event was witnessed by numerous party leaders and members.