Umuahia - All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia on Monday inaugurated a 10-man peace and reconciliation committee in Umuahia.
The Chairman of the party, Nnanna Ukegbu, inaugurated the committee,appealing to the estranged members to bury the hatchet.
According to him, the move has become necessary following the roles of some members during the crisis that rocked APGA a few months ago.
“Your assignment is to approach such people and make them see reason to come back to their brothers in the spirit of our motto ‘Be your brother’s keeper’,” he said.
Ukegbu urged the committee to identify all those that still felt aggrieved and to make contacts with them.
“I don’t see the reason why we should be at each other’s throat when we are supposed to be one,” he said.
He said that the pre-occupation of members of the party in the state should be how to win the 2015 governorship election “and that is what we have set out to achieve.
“We don’t want story this time around because we narrowly missed the target last time. If we fail we will have to blame ourselves,” Ukegbu said.
He said that members of the party in Abia were grateful that APGA emerged stronger from the trouble that nearly tore it to shreds.
“During the crisis, Abia seemed to be at the centre, not minding that the dramatis personae were from other states.
“We are happy that peace has returned and since then our party has become stronger,” he said.
Ukegbu expressed delight that some of the people that were at the centre of the struggle have returned to the party.
“Some have not returned and this has made our party to seem to be fractionalised in Abia.
Responding, the chairman of the committee, Agbai Kalu, said it was an honour for them to be selected to perform such onerous task.
“We will do our best and all that is necessary to achieve our set goal,” Kalu said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committee has one month to conclude its assignment.