Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state, eastern Nigeria, has said that the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), would welcome former governor Peter Obi if he showed willingness to return to the party.
Obiano stated this on Sunday at the 25th Wedding Anniversary of Chief Victor Umeh, former National Chairman of the party in Aguluzigbo, Aniocha Local Government Area of Anambra.
The governor, who is also the leader and chairman, Board of Trustees of the party, said efforts were on going to build a stronger APGA by extending hands of friendship to all former and new members.
“Our government came to being through the combination of Peter Obi and Victor Umeh on one side; and the people on the other, but unfortunately, Obi left us.
“But Umeh and the rest of us have resolved to stay back and build a stronger, greater and better party.
“So, we want all our members back. We are willing to welcome anybody who wishes to return, including Obi”, he said.
Umeh, who celebrated his 53rd birthday and eight years as APGA National Chairman, attributed the success of his tenure to the effectiveness of the nation’s judiciary.
He said the party was in court 43 times, and always emerged victorious in all cases; including that which was used to reclaim the mandate of Obi.
“We acted in the best interest of the party and our tenure was a trying one; and now that we are stable as a party, the sky is your limit”, Obiano said.
Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor of Awka Catholic Diocese, who celebrated the Holy Mass, reminded Nigerians of the transient nature of life and urged them to build heavenly treasures for themselves.
Ezeokafor said people should eschew frivolous spending, especially on funerals, as such was an economic waste.
The high point of the celebration was the renewal of marital vows by Umeh and his wife Prisca; as well as exchange of wedding anniversary rings.
Some dignitaries at the event were former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, Deputy Governor Nkem Okeke, and Chief Alex Otti, APGA governorship candidate in the last election, other notable politicians, family and friends of the celebrants.