APGA Crisis: Obi, Umeh embrace, declare truce


Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State and National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Umeh, on Monday pronounced the crisis that has rocked the party for over one year, over.
They embraced and kissed each other when Umeh visited Obi at Government House, Awka.
At exactly 4.15 pm on Monday, Obi and Umeh marched into the Executive Council Chambers, where both of them addressed the members and party leaders.
Umeh spoke first, saying his visit was to concretise the various peace meetings he has held with the governor and “to declare to the world that the crisis in APGA has come to an end”.
Umeh said that people may be surprised at the sudden resolution of the crisis, but that it is to the glory of God that he must reconcile with Obi, who he called his brother.
He recalled that before the crisis, both of them had done great things that seemed impossible, but that the work of the devil came in between, “because devil does not want good things to last”.
Umeh stated: “Today is one of those great days in the life of our party, APGA and government of Anambra State.
“I came to pay a visit to Governor Obi to concretise the various peace meetings and to declare to the world that the crisis in APGA has come to an end.
“Today is a new dawn. Today, I know that having declared peace, we must allow peace to reign”, adding, “This is no victor no vanquished situation”.
He also said he had met with the late party leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu’s wife, Bianca, and they “reconciled and embraced”.
He believed that Ojukwu himself, though dead, “will be very happy that what he left behind is still thriving”, charging: “all of us will now go and prepare for the elections”.
Obi, while describing Umeh as “my brother and National Chairman of the party’, expressed gratitude to God, attributing the reconciliation to the mercy of God. According to him, while the crisis lasted, none of the antagonists was happy, stating, “He (Umeh) said it is over and it is really over. Anambra State is APGA and nobody will take it. You will see what will happen”.
Obi used the occasion to debunk the rumour that he has dumped APGA for another party, saying, “If I leave APGA, I will leave politics. I will be in APGA both at good times and bad times.

“Those who think it is the end of APGA, I will assure them it is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the ending. Action will even start now”.

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