History was made yesterday following the surprise reconciliation of the Founding National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance(APGA) Chief Chekwas Okorie and the Governor Peter Obi led faction of the party.
The reconciliation took place at the Enugu residence of Okorie who is now the National Chairman of the United Progressive Party (UPP).
Until the peace meeting, Okorie had severally boasted that he left with the soul of APGA, a development that made it difficult for the party to function well.
In his speech at the occasion, the interim National Chairman, Chief Maxi Okwu, who led the APGA delegation, disclosed that the aim of the visit was to apologise to Okorie over the injustice he suffered that led to his removal as the party’s national chairman.
Okwu urged Okorie to forgive and forget because he was a practising Christian.
Reacting, Okorie who literally shed tears, said he was glad that his vindication came while he was still alive.
The UPP boss recalled while going down memory lane how he was frustrated out of the party through selfish propaganda.
He regretted that despite the 25 attempts made in the past to settle the crisis in APGA, those who were working against him never gave peace a chance.
His words :”It is on record that twenty five attempts were made to make peace so that APGA will remain, but all of them were rebuffed. We attended all of them but they did not attend one.
“I am so happy today that I am alive to see my own vindication; this visit is significant to me in so many ways. If you check both DNA of both the APGA and the UPP, they are the same thing.
“Today, we are debunking the belief that we are incapable of reconciliation. I will say in the spirit of Easter that we shall forgive one another”.
He advised sacked APGA chairman, Chief Victor Umeh to seek for forgiveness, regretting that he(Umeh) had become political orphan because of his sins.
“I advise him to repent, to amend his ways, to embrace the path of rectitude, I advise him to do what is happening today so that God can forgive him his sins”. He added.
Okorie urged Umeh’s sponsors to desist from supporting him, stressing that “it is a bad investment, it will lead to waste and destruction”.
He used the opportunity to assure that nothing would stop Ndigbo from producing the next president in 2015.
He said: “let it be known that in 2015, Igbo man will enter into Aso Rock, I am not making a political statement, I have never said anything that God did not bless”.
Earlier, the APGA chairman said they came on the visit for reconciliation.
“We came here to apologize to you. We have realized that a lot of wrong that have been done to you in the past, but since I took over as national chairman of the party, I deemed it fit that members of the party should reconcile with you”, he said.