The Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Reconciliation Committee, Chief Maja Umeh, on Thursday, said he believed that the former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, might soon rejoin the party which he dumped for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Umeh, a former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism in Obi’s government, disclosed this to journalists at the Professor Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre, Awka , Anambra State.
This was coming barely 24 hours after Obi stated in a local radio in the state that he had a commitment to ensure that his successor, Governor Willie Obiano, succeeded.
Obi had said at the programme: “I will be the first to be blamed if Governor Obiano fails because I was the person that presented him to the people of the state.
Obi who defected to PDP on October 7, 2014, giving no reasons, was explaining why his campaign posters adorned the streets of Anambra, projecting him as the PDP candidate for Anambra Central Senatorial District in the yet to be scheduled rerun election.
Umeh said the clergy and traditional rulers in the state were making frantic efforts to bring Obi back to APGA, the purpose being to bring genuine reconciliation between Obi and Obiano.
He said it was not within the scope of his assignment as a conciliator to reconcile party members who had joined other parties, but noted that it was proper to bring Obi back to APGA.
His words: “It’s not within my purview to reconcile those who had left APGA, but it is proper to bring Obi back to our party.
“He, Obi, has shown demonstrable statesmanship and support for Governor Obiano; it’s proper to bring him back to APGA.
“I know that the clergy and our royal fathers are working hard to achieve this. And I don’t think it’s a difficult task to achieve.”
However, his predecessor in office, Chief Joe Martin Uzodike, chided him saying it was not within his power to speak for Obi who he had not spoken to for more than one year.
He said Chief Obi had left APGA and joined PDP which is a national party and will not go back to APGA.