ByÂ Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€”ANAMBRA State government has reacted to a report in a national daily (not Vanguard), that Governor Peter Obi was making efforts to reconcile with the founding national chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Chekwas Okorie, describing the report as theÂ imagination of the reporter.
Chief Press Secretary to Governor Obi, Mr. Mike Udah said in Awka, that the report was not only mischievous, but outright falsehood.
Udah said the Governor never saw Chief Okorie as an enemy, adding that for that reason, the question of reconciliation did not arise.
He explained that what was at stake was a case of two individuals with parallel political beliefs, stressing that the Governor has not and would not seek to align himself with Chekwas Okorie under any circumstance.
â€œGovernor Obi believes that there should be a measure of integrity in whatever one does, and is ready to swim or sink with Chief Victor Umeh, the national chairman of APGA. He cannot disappoint the truth which Chief Victor Umeh and his admirers represent, by playing a political turncoat,â€ Udah said.
The Chief Press Secretary said Obi did not disappoint his people when so many things were undecided in APGA, and queried why any right thinking person would think that he would do so now that the courts had decided in their judgments that Umeh was the authentic national chairman of APGA, irrespective of pretences by some people.
According to him, â€œthere was therefore no iota of truth in the report that Governor Obi has sent emissaries to Okorie for reconciliationâ€, adding â€œit is not that the Governor is not amenable to reconciliation, as a Christian he is, but in the case of Chekwas, you do not expect him to reconcile with the rule of outlaw and sheer display of lack of integrity.â€