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Bayelsa Gov begs PDP, others to end Mohammed, Ortom dispute

By Rukayat Akanbi

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Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri has urged the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, the Party’s Governors Forum to settle the dispute between Governors Bala Mohammed of Bauchi and Benue, Samuel Ortom.
Mohammed and Ortom have been having disagreements over carriage of weapon by herders. The crisis has degenerated to name calling.

Diri who was in Bauchi on a thank you visit to Bala over his roles in his victory in the November 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa State.
He said: “On the ragging current issue between two brother governors of the same party, may I seize this opportunity to advise and call on both of you who are members of our great party to please cease further actions and reactions on the burning national security issues.

“May I also use this opportunity to call on our party to immediately intervene and resolve whatever issues that are yet to be resolved amicably as a party and as brothers “Let me as well call on the chairman of the PDP governors forum, our able chairman who has been doing very well to also please immediately intervene and not allow this conflict to grow beyond what we have already seen.

“It is very disturbing to read on the pages of newspapers about two gentlemen who mean so well for their states and who are doing so well in their states to be engaged in this issue on the pages of newspapers,” Diri said. Mohammed while appreciating Diri for his courage to wade into the matter explained that there was no disharmony between him and Ortom. He vowed to do everything possible to end the issue in a manner that would not bring injury to PDP and national unity.

He described Benue State has his second home, he recalled how he was treated when he worked as a journalistt on 1982. “I was dining with the then governor” Mohammed said. He said he was only lamenting that such primordial cordiality had been destroyed by suspicion and mistrust.

Mohammed promised Diri that he had ceased fire and would not make any comment or response that would further worsen the situation and apologized to all Nigerians who felt what he had said was injurious to them. He said: “I was not doing anything in any way to insult or to cause any injury to my brother and friend that we had worked together at the cabinet and now as governors. I respect him and he respects me.

“Maybe we have different ways of putting the situation in context. I assure you, you don’t need to bring our party into it, we don’t need to bring our chairman of the PDP governors forum into it, your intervention is enough.

“You will not hear a word from me about it from today. I want to use this opportunity to apologize to my various constituencies, especially the national assembly if what I said has injured their sensibilities or touched on their privilege. “I at the same time apologize to the governors if they feel what I’ve said was also injurious to them and indeed to all Nigerians but certainly, I have no apology for saying the truth,” he said.


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