Factional National Chairman, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Maxi Okwu, has urged the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, to organise an all inclusive stakeholders meeting on his proposed move to reconcile warring factions in the party if he wishes to achieve a positive result.
To achieve true reconciliation, Governor Obiano should not approach it through a press statement.
Okwu stated this while responding to recent newspaper publications in which Obiano, in his capacity as the leader of APGA, called on his faction to close ranks with the rest of the party so as to strengthen its membership and fortunes.
The party chieftain, who made this known in an interview, said Obiano was merely being economical with the truth that can lead to reconciliation, saying instead of issuing a press statement, “he should have invited all stakeholders to a caucus meeting in order to resolve our differences.”
“My take is that the governor is not being sincere in the APGA reconciliation project. Parties are not reconciled through a press statement or in the media. They are reconciled in a caucus duly convened by interested parties or stakeholders/elders who wish the party well.
“Let me say without any fear of contradiction that Governor Obiano’s olive branch to us in the media is like a Greek gift to the Trojans. He has been governor for two years now and never deemed it necessary to reconcile the warring parties and that amounted to two years of acrimony and huge hate that would have been earlier avoided,” Okwu averred.
He went on to state that “if he has woken up to reality, we will never say no to a genuine attempt to restore APGA to the vision espoused by the founding fathers led by Chief Chekwas Okorie and his ‘Argonaut’ of the Friday conclave.”
Governor Obiano, while addressing APGA faithful at the Governor’s Lodge, Awka, recently, stressed the need to bring back the Okwu faction which has Chief Shedrack Oronukwu as its Anambra factional chairman and Chief Chike Obidigbo, as the last Anambra governorship aspirant back to the main fold of the party, so as to strengthen APGA ahead of the Anambra Central senatorial re-run and future elections in the state.
It would be recalled that about two weeks ago, the Supreme Court delivered its final judgment on the prolonged APGA leadership crisis between Chief Victor Umeh and Chief Maxi Okwu, with a declaration that Umeh’s two-tenure was not prolonged more than required in APGA’s constitution, as claimed by the Okwu faction.

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