President Buhari saves Ortom from losing his seat as Benue Governor


The crisis rocking the Benue State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has finally come to an end as owing to the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The development has saved Governor Samuel Ortom from losing his seat.

Announcing 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 yesterday, 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.

The peace committee, after a three-hour meeting behind closed-doors at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, stated that no sacrifice was too much to achieve the desired peace in Benue State.

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.”

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 like Ortom, Jime, Waku, Senators George Akume and Barnabas Gemade were also in attendance.

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