Nigeria: APGA crisis: Obi, Umeh reconcile

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AWKA — THE lingering crisis ravaging All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, came to an end, yesterday, after a marathon meeting between Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State and National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh.

The leaders emerged from the closed-door meeting in the governor’s office beaming with smiles and exchanging banters with party members that had belonged to different camps, while the crisis lasted.

Umeh, who spoke at the end of the meeting, described the crisis as the work of the Devil.

Reacting to the peace deal, factional Chairman of the party, Chief Maxi Okwu, said he was not aware of the move, adding that APGA needed a comprehensive reconciliation to forge ahead.

*RECONCILIATION: Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State (left) and Chief Victor Umeh, Chairman, All Progressives Grand Alliance, at their reconciliation in Awka, yesterday.

Umeh said: “Today is one of the greatest days in the life of our state and our party. My visit to Governor Obi is to crystallise the various peace meetings we had held in the past and also to declare to the whole world that the crisis in APGA has come to an end.

“Undoubtedly, many people who had followed the events in our party will be surprised at this dramatic end and it is to the glory of God that I have reconciled with my brother.

“We have worked together for many years in trying to chart a new course for our people through APGA and we have been successful in this bid as we have been able to do impossible things in Anambra State.

“It is the work of the Devil that some problems reared their heads, but those of us who have laboured together were not happy. But today, I can tell you that this is a new dawn in our party.”

On his part, Okwu said in a phone chat with Vanguard: “I am not aware. I am in Enugu, I am not in Awka. It is surprising.

“We want reconciliation that is comprehensive in APGA and all stakeholders should be involved. As a chairman, I am a stakeholder and should have been involved in the reconciliation.

“I will consult with those who believe in my leadership and we shall proceed from there.”

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