The Supreme Leader of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has finally settled the crisis rocking the Benue state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) saving Governor Samuel Ortom from losing his seat.
It was learnt that during the announcement of the outcome of a Reconciliation Committee constituted at the instance of Buhari, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, who read Buhari’s message on Thursday, announced that Hon. Emmanuel Jime and Senator Joseph Waku had agreed to withdraw their suit, challenging the eligibility of Ortom as the duly nominated APC governorship candidate in the April 11, 2015 poll.
Dogara said, “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.”
After a three-hour meeting behind closed-doors at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, the peace committee, stated that no sacrifice was too much to achieve the desired peace in Benue State.
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 like Ortom, Jime, Waku, Senators George Akume and Barnabas Gemade were also in attendance.