By Tony Edike
ENUGU—National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, has accepted the mediation offer by the South-East chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, following the crisis in the party.
Ummeh had been on collision course with Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State and widow of the late former Biafran warlord, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu.
Umeh said his acceptance to dialogue with Obi and Mrs. Ojukwu was borne out of his desire to ensure lasting peace in the party, which he described as the only platform open to the people of the South-East in particular and Nigerians in general to achieve their set goals.
He said he was concerned about the crisis bedevilling APGA, but expressed optimism that with the public declaration by CAN of its intention to wade into the matter, it would be amicably resolved.
The Anglican Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, is heading the CAN peace committee.
Umeh said: “My colleagues and I, including the non-Christians have agreed to present ourselves for dialogue. As a Christian, I believe that Jesus needs to walk through the hearts of all those involved in the crisis in APGA.
“I believe that if CAN and those involved will agree to work together, the crisis in the party will be over.”
He commended the CAN leadership in the South-East, Ndigbo and Anglican clergy for consistently remaining passionate on issues affecting APGA.
Rt. Rev. Chukwuma had, last week, urged warring factions in APGA to sheathe their swords in the overall interest of the party and the people of the South-East geo-political zone.