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… Pledges to promote peaceful co-existence
The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha yesterday said he has forgiven the Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh for his alleged antagonism and blackmail against him, just as he has pledged to work harder for the development, peace and progress of all parts of the country. He said as a detribalized Nigerian, he would continue to promote the interest and peaceful co-existence of all tribes.
Okorocha stated this while reacting to claims by Chief Umeh that he left the party to pursue an anti-Igbo agenda in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“I am a detribalized Nigerian who is determined to work in the interest of everyone irrespective of their tribes. APGA is essentially a sectional party and cannot help Ndigbo to achieve national offices or attain leadership positions in this democratic dispensation,” he said.
Governor Okorocha said he would not join issues with Chief Umeh who he said remained his brother and would be welcomed into APC if he so decided.
“I forgive him for all he has said about me and his reaction is predictable. If you lose dozens of your state chairmen and source of livelihood, you are bound to react the same way but I honestly believe that the future of the South-East lies with APC.”
He said those who criticized him for joining APC had failed to take into account that no Igbo man was holding any of the six key positions in the administration of the country.
Okorocha praised the people of the South-East for their enthusiasm and support for the APC and promised that the party would be the vehicle for the rapid and sustained economic development of the region.
The governor called on other members of APGA to join the progressive bandwagon for total eradication of poverty in the country.