The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has called for a peaceful relations between fractions of the Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Onyeama made the call while addressing party faithful during a meeting on Sunday where he stated that he was worried the infighting had divided the party into factions.
The minister said it was worrisome that for the past five years, chieftains of the party in the state have been working at cross purposes and pitted against one another. Although, Some chieftains of the party had earlier called for the dissolution of the state executive council of the party.
Onyeama said that such circumstance had affected the fortunes of the APC in the state.
He therefore advised a factional chairman of the party, Mr Ben Nwoye, to call the meeting in order to rub minds with the party faithful on how to move the party forward.
The minister, however, said that he was startled to learn that Nwoye was allegedly holding a parallel meeting.
“I earlier made it clear to everyone that there is a red line I should not cross but I have to cross it now, not for personal interest, but for the progress of the party. “The time has come for us to move forward,’’ he said.
Onyeama said that it was better for party members to put whatever differences they had behind and harmonise APC.
“The National Working Committee of the party has been dissolved. It is better for us to find solutions to our problem instead of the NEC to impose a solution on us.’’
Earlier, a former governorship aspirant of the party, Chief Ifeanyi Nwoga, said that the crisis in the party had affected good governance in the state.
Nwoga said that it was time the minister was respected as the leader of the party in the state in order for peace to return.
On his part, the Director-General, Voice of Nigeria, Mr Osita Okechukwu, said that the leadership of the party in the state was not in doubt.
Okechukwu, who spoke at another meeting held by a faction of the party in the state, said that Nwoye remained the chairman of the party in the state.