Bauchi State Governor, Sen. Bala Mohammed and his colleague from Bayelsa state, Diri Duoye, right, in Bauchi
By Akanji Alowolodu , Bauchi
Bayelsa State, Douye Diri has called on his colleagues, Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir and Samuel Ortom, Bauchi and Benue states Governors respectively to as a matter of urgency sheath their swords and allow peace to reign between them and their people.
The Bayelsa Governor also called on the leadership of the People Democratic Party (PDP), to quickly intervene in the conflict between the two Governors saying that the trading of words between the two PDP governors in the media in the past few weeks was becoming disturbing and should not escalate further.
Diri Douye who stated this on Thursday when he led members of his entourage on a courtesy visit to Governor Bala Mohammed at the Government House Bauchi, called on the two PDP Governors to sheathe their swords and cease further actions and reactions in the interest of the unity and peace of the country.
He said that, “Concerning the raging current issue between two brothers Governors of the same party.May I cease this opportunity to advice and call on both of you who are members of our great party cease further actions and reactions on the burning national security issues”.
“I want to also use this opportunity to call on our party to immediately intervene and resolve whatever issues that are still yet unresolved amicably, as a party and brothers”, he added.
The Bayelsa Governor also said that, “I am calling on the chairman of the PDP governor’s forum to also please immediately intervene and do not allow this conflict to grow beyond what we have already seen” .
He stresed that, “It is very disturbing to read on the pages of the newspapers about two gentlemen who mean so well for their states, who are doing so well in their states to be engaged in this conflict on the pages of the newspapers and other media outlets”.
The Bayelsa Governor commended Governor Bala Mohammed over laudable developmental projects executed in the state so far, saying that Governor Bala Mohammed is a great man who is acknowledged by the people of Bayelsa State.
In his response, Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed said that there is no disharmony between himself and the Governor of Benue state, Mr Samuel Ortom, pointing out that they were courageous enough to discuss a burning national issue which he will do everything within his powers to descalate the issue in such a way that it will not bring injury to the party and national unity.
Bala Mohammed said that, “You know my pedigree and antecedents, I believe in the Nigeria unity, at a point, I felt Benue is also my state because I worked there in 1982 and when I was there,the former Governor made me his own son, I was dinning and eating in his house. Everybody that has Fulani background is considered and loved most, than even an average Tiv man in Benue state”
He added that, “I was just lamenting that premodial cordiality relationship has been destroyed by suspicion and mistrust. I was not doing anything in any way to insult or to cause injury to my friend and brother that we have worked together at the cabinet and now as governors”.
He concluded that, “Thank you for having the courage to tell us, it is time to stop.My response is just very mild on issue criminalization of my humble self and I know my brother has a right of reply and he has done that, but let is not take this thing to a level where leadership will be demistified”.