The crisis rocking the Benue State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has finally been resolved following the timely intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The crisis rocking the party was threatening to consume Governor Samuel Ortom, whose emergence as the APC flag bearer in the April 11 governorship poll was being contested in court.
Announcing the outcome of a Reconciliation Committee constituted at the instance of Buhari, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, who read the president’s message yesterday, announced that Hon. Emmanuel Jime and Senator Joseph Waku – the major actors in the crisis – had agreed to withdraw their suit challenging Ortom’s eligibility as the duly nominated APC governorship candidate.
The peace committee, after a three-hour meeting behind closed-doors at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, declared that no sacrifice was too much to make in order for peace to reign in Benu State.
“On behalf of Mr. President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, I wish to announce to you our leaders, gentlemen of the press and the whole world that Hon. Jime and Senator Waku have graciously agreed to withdraw or discontinue with the case in court”, Dogara said.
Other members of the committee, who attended the meeting include state Governors: Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto); Simon Lalong (Plateau) and Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa). Other stakeholders from Benue, who were also in attendance include Ortom, Jime, Waku, Senators George Akume and Barnabas Gemade.