By Ozioma Ubabukoh, Enugu
Punch Newspapers, April 3, 2013
Leadership of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, on Tuesday, paid a visit to its founder, Chief Chekwas Okorie.
The APGA interim National Chairman, Maxi Okwu, said the visit was to apologise to him over removal as the party chairman and to seek his forgiveness.
Okwu said, “We came here to apologise to you. We have realised that a lot of wrong have been done to you in the past, but since I took over as national chairman, I deemed it fit that members of the party should reconcile with you.”
Okwu noted that Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State was aware of the visit.
Okorie, who received the delegation at his Enugu home in an emotion-laden voice, recalled how he was frustrated out of the party through propaganda.
He noted that despite spirited efforts he made to bring reconciliation into the party, those who were working against him never gave peace a chance.
Okorie added, “It is on record that 25 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 the 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 called on the former APGA Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh, to seek forgiveness, saying, “He has boxed himself into a corner, and he is now a political orphan. He caused it”.
He also urged Umeh’s sponsors to desist from supporting him, saying, “It is a bad investment that will lead to waste and destruction”.