•Umeh to conduct Anambra election as chairman
From CHIDI NNADI, Enugu
The crisis rocking the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) may have been effectively brought under control yesterday in Abuja, Daily Sun can authoritatively report. Crisis had engulfed the party immediately its national leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu was buried in March last year as stakeholders asked the National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh to restructure APGA.
The party was subsequently broken into factions as a result of alleged refusal of Umeh to restructure. Governor Peter Obi led one faction nd the other by Umeh.
The two factions still have cases pending in courts. But with the Anambra election scheduled for November fast approaching, Umeh declared chairman by the Appeal Court in Enugu and the Obi faction heading for the Supreme Court, Daily Sun gathered that Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, who was in the forefront of reconciling the two factions, intensified his efforts.
Daily Sun further gathered from a source that was privy to series of meetings of the APGA chieftains in Abuja, the efforts of the leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) paid off. It was gathered that Uwazuruike met with Governor Obi, Umeh, Bianca Ojukwu and other prominent members of APGA in an undisclosed venue in Abuja where they agreed that Umeh should remain as national chairman to conduct the Anambra elections.
Also the gathering agreed that Ambassador Bianca would step into the shoes of her late husband as new APGA leader. Daily Sun also scooped that Umeh and Governor Obi would be meeting with Uwazuruike in Owerri next week to sharpen the new peace achieved.
Bianca who going back to Spain tomorrow is expected back in the first week of August when it is hoped that Umeh will visit Ojukwu’s Enugu residence where the news of the reconciliation will be broken. Our source said Obi who had been playing the role of the deputy national leader of the party agreed to make serious sacrifices in the interest of the party, which he felt should remain in power in Anambra State.
On what would happen to Chief Maxi Okwu, who is the factional chairman of the Obi-led APGA and the members of the National Working Committee elected in April during the Awka convention, the source said with Obi agreeing to sheathe his sword he would call his people to order.