The All Progressives Congress in Lagos East Senatorial District on Thursday commenced reconciliatory moves to bring all members together after the party’s primaries.
Party primaries in some areas of the district were not without violence, with supporters of rivals taking on each other.
Party leaders from the district at a Reconciliatory Stakeholders Meeting they organised in Lagos on Thursday, said it was time to bring all, including aggrieved party faithful, together again.
The meeting had in attendance members of the Governor’s Advisory Council such as Senator Anthony Adefuye, Chief Lanre Rasak, Chief Olumuyiwa Sosanya and Chief Akanni Seriki.
Also in attendance were members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, council chairmen, women and youth leaders from the district.
Sosanya, a GAC member from Kosofe/Somolu zone, emphasised in his remarks the need for members to be united.
He said: “We have adopted a resolution that members of APC in the Lagos East should be united.
“We belong to the same family.
“Irrespective of the groups we belong to, we should be united under the umbrella of the same party.
“There should be no discrimination.”
According to him, the meeting is for peace and to spread the hands of fellowship to all members of the party who may be aggrieved after the primaries.
Also speaking, Rasak, a GAC leader from Epe zone, said lack of meeting point among leaders in the district had affected unity and togetherness in the party.
Rasak, however, said the party leaders had met and stressed the need for unity in the 16 council areas that made up of the district.
He said that the district had been divided into three zones — Ikorodu, Epe and Kosofe/Somolu.
Rasak, who was speaking on behalf of the GAC members, said Adefuye had been appointed as the new Senatorial Leader and Seriki appointed as the Deputy Senatorial Leader.
He said that three vice chairmen had been appointed to coordinate each zone and provide leadership.
According to him, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, former deputy governor, is the Vice Chairman for Ikorodu zone; Sosanya for Somolu/Kosofe zone; while he was appointed for Epe zone.
He said they were to preside over the meetings in the zones, urging the leaders to ensure that no one broke the chain of command.
He said: “We should go back to our respective zones and establish necessary structure for the harmonisation, resolution of all disputes.”
Seriki, another GAC member, warned against betrayal and disloyalty, saying that party faithful should be fairly rewarded and all infighting should end.
Also, Tunde Braimoh, a member representing Kosofe Constituency II in the Lagos State House of Assembly, said the meeting was to rejig and reengineer the party ahead of 2019 elections.
Braimoh said only one person could get a seat where many people indicated interest.
He said there was, therefore, a need to bring everybody together after the contest to move forward for the task ahead.
Sikiru Osinowo, the Lagos East Senatorial District candidate of the APC, promised to plough back his salary to the district if he emerged winner in the 2019 election.
Osinowo, a fourth-term lawmaker in the Lagos State House of Assembly, said the gesture became imperative because of the masses and the support received from the party leaders.
He also promised to use the office to bring more dividends of democracy to the people and seek their good.
He said: “If by the grace of God I win the election to represent this senatorial district, my salaries for four years belong to the party.
“Whatever the amount, it is the people’s money, I promise.
“You (party leaders) will determine how it will be shared.
“If you know how the constituents, our supporters and followers struggled and suffered inside sun and rain to make sure I won this election, you would know that they are worthy to be given more.”
Osinowo applauded Rasak, Ambassador Olatokunbo Lawal and others for stepping down for him, assuring them that he would not disappoint the party and the leaders.