The two factions of the All Progressive Congress in Abia State have collapsed into one body ahead of the 2023 general election.
The two factions came together during a reconciliation meeting held in Ikwuano Local Government of the state on Saturday.
The reconciliation was announced in a communique read by a former speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Chief Martins Azubuike.
The governorship candidate of the party, Chief Ikechi Emenike, said that he will rescue the state from bad governance if elected the next governor of the state.
He said it will be a shameful thing for Abia to remain in bondage considering the efforts the party leaders had made to win the state.
Ememnike urged all aggrieved members of the party to shun their differences and work hard for the party to win the state.
Also speaking, a former chairman of the party and leader of one faction of the party, Chief Donatus Nwankpa, said the reconciliation meeting was necessary because of the yearning for a change in the governance of the state.
He said, “We have gathered here today to apologise to Abians and also ask for their forgiveness. But we want to assure them that we are back together now, today ends all factions of APC in Abia.
“We are here for a better future for our children and generation unborn.
“We urge Abia electorates to vote for our candidate for us to bring the change they are asking for.”
The state chairman of the party, Chief Kingsley Ononogbu, expressed joy for being the party chairman who witnessed the coming together of the two factions of the party.
“I like what is happening in our party today because I’m a man of peace. I urge our members to take this message of peace home and begin to spread it in various wards and Local Governments.
“What we need is the majority of Abia people to vote for our candidate to win the election,” he said.