Anambra - The crisis rocking the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) is an insult to the vision of its late national leader, Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, a senior member of the party said.
The Deputy Chairman of the party in Anambra, Ifeanyi Udokwu, made the statement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Tuesday.
Udokwu said he had not been comfortable since the crisis began and that he had been pleading with the various factions to seek amicable resolution of the issues and save the party from embarrassment.
“I am not comfortable with it at all. I have sleepless nights whenever I remember the crisis in APGA and I am strongly against that because it is creating a bad impression about the party.
“I don’t think what is going on now is the vision of the national leader of APGA, Dim Odumegwu-Ojukwu, It is not, and wherever he is now, he will be so unhappy.
“For us to respect the integrity and principles of our ex-leader, we need to sheath our swords and uphold his legacy. We have to stop dancing on Ojukwu’s grave.
“We have been talking with party men, especially the people at the top level of the party, to come together because we are one family.
“We have been going with people to different houses, we have gone to Agulu to see Nwaobu Alor, we have gone to Enugu to see Chief Umeh, we have been with the governor, Mr. Peter Obi.
``We have been pleading with them to bury all differences for the progress of the party,” he stressed.
Udokwu expressed the hope that the crisis would be resolved if the Anambra chapter of the party could be in one accord, noting that the problem started soon after the burial of Odumegwu-Ojukwu.
“I strongly believe that the crisis emanated from Anambra, it started few months after the burial of our party leader and if our ex-leader were to be around, all these won’t be happening.
“We need to nip the crisis in the bud here in Anambra because it is rocking the entire foundation of APGA in the whole country and now every body writes anything they like about our party,” Udokwu said.
He said APGA was the only national party with deep roots in the South- East and must not be allowed to be in crisis.
The deputy chairman said the party believed in the country’s judicial system and would always abide by the decisions of the court and would go for appeal when it was not satisfied.