By Tony Edike
ENUGU—National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, yesterday, dismissed media reports insinuating that he shunned the peace meeting purportedly summoned by Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State on November 6 to seek ways of restoring peace to the party, saying he was never invited to such a meeting.
He also told reporters in Enugu that he was not responsible for the internal crisis rocking the party since 2011 accusing Governor Obi of being the “instigator and sponsor” of the dispute engulfing the party.
Some national dailies had last week reported that Umeh and Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State shunned the peace meeting summoned by Governor Obi at Government House, Awka, on November 5 to discuss the APGA issue, claiming that even when text messages were sent to them, none of them deemed it fit to honour the invitation.
But reacting to the reports, Chief Umeh described it as cheap blackmail aimed at portraying him and Governor Okorocha as being indifferent to restoring peace in the party, stressing that if there was anybody who wanted peace to return to the party, it was himself and not the sponsors of the crisis.
He said: “I wish to state unequivocally that nobody sent me any text message inviting me to any meeting at the Government House Awka for the purpose of pursuing reconciliation in APGA.”