‘No victor, no vanquished’ says new APGA chairman

By The Citizen

Chief Maxi Okwu, the embattled National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) on Friday described his re-emergence as the party’s National Chairman as a “no victor, no vanquished victory.''

Okwu’s statement was coming on the heels of the judgment by a Federal High Court in Abuja that he was the bona fide National Chairman of APGA.

By the Judgment, Okwu replaces Chief Victor Umeh as the National Chairman of the party.

A statement by Okwu in Lagos stated that his team was prepared to meet Umeh without pre-condition at Enugu where APGA was first launched and at Umeh’s convenience.

“With this re-confirmation of our leadership, we shall reactivate with greater vigour our re-engineering and re-branding of APGA by rapprochement, reconciliation and re-integration of aggrieved members of our great party.

“The other key element in this road map is that APGA will lead the third political force for the 2015 general election.

“As I have always done in each opportunity, I will extend an olive branch and a right hand of comradeship to our erstwhile National Chairman, Umeh,” it stated.

It also commended Justice Abdulkadir Abdul-Kafarati of the Federal High Court Abuja for the judgment.

“The judgement is indeed another opportunity for the party to re-discover its soul and move forward.

“We give all glory and thanks to God Almighty for this opportunity; we do not claim victory and no one has been vanquished,” it said.

It urged APGA members to resolve that there be an end to litigation as no party could make progress through incessant, protracted, intra party dissension and litigation.