Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Umeh, Wednesday said the crisis in the party was over with the return of estranged members of the party to its fold.
Umeh, who had been engaged in what seemed like shadow-boxing with the Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, however, denied ever having problems with the governor.
Speaking while welcoming back the leader of the ‘APGA Stakeholders’ Dr. Mic Adams II, the Deputy National Legal Adviser, Bala Bako and the immediate past Youth Leader, Ikechukwu Chukwunyere, Umeh said the party was coming back as a united front.
On the face-off between him and Obi, the embattled chairman said although people have been talking on behalf of the governor, “he has never called a press conference to say that he has any problem with the party.
“People may have been talking for him but these are the people that have returned back to the party,” he added.
Umeh paid tribute to the party’s former National Vice-Chairman (South), Chief Onwuka Ukwa, for being in the forefront of the reconciliation process.
According to the party has opened a new window for peace which enables a lot of its aggrieved members in splinter groups to return back.
“We are happy to welcome all the returnees and I want to use this opportunity to call on all those that are yet to return to come back unconditionally. We are willing to accommodate everybody,” he said.
Umeh said the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party was almost complete with just two members that left still remaining, adding that: “the party is above every individual no matter how highly placed as they got to whatever position they are now through the party.”
In his address, Adams assured that all the suits he and his members instituted against the party in Abuja, and Asaba would be withdrawn in the spirit of reconciliation.
Both Adams and Bako called on all others that were yet to come to use the window for peace opened by the party’s leadership to do so.
“Today we wish to advance peace and reconciliation process pioneered by our party elder, Chief Onwuka Ukwa. We are are back and I urge every member of the party who at some point may have had cause to leave the party to return and help in building the party.
“We do however commend Chief Victor Umeh our National Chairman and Dr. Sani Shinkafi our National Secretary for their efforts that despite the various challenges, crisis, disagreements and unending litigations the party had recorded remarkable achievements.
“In the spirit of reconciliation and the peace process, and in honour if our departed leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu the greatest Igbo leader living and dead, we call on the two APGA governors of Anambra and Imo States to unite and support the party. Bearing in mind that APGA is the political party that produced them,” he stated.
Chukwunyere said his leaving the party was due to some disagreements but that he is now back to the party has under the leadership of Umeh.
It would be recalled that Chief Onwuka Ukwa had earlier returned to the party with Tondo Joseph, the National Vice-chairman, North-central and Sunday Obasohan.