Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, today announced the reconciliation of Senator Joseph Kennedy Nyikwagh Waku, Rt Hon Emmanuel Jime, and Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.
He also stated that Senator Waku and Rt Hon Jime had withdrawn their suit challenging the nomination of Governor Ortom.
Addressing the press at the conference hall of the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Secretariat in Abuja, this evening, he stated that the development followed the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Speaker said the President took the initiative with the objective of healing wounds within the ranks of the party and positioning it to deliver quality service to the people of Benue State.
According to him President Buhari lamented the hardship inflicted on Benue people by the last administration and the need for the APC government to redress the situation as soon as possible.
He commended the Governor for starting on a sound note by paying workers’ salaries.
The speaker directed that the parties involved should embrace themselves to demonstrate that they had reconciled and they did.
In his response Governor Ortom commended the President for the intervention and both Senator Waku and Rt Hon Jime for their exhibition of the spirit of sportsmanship and sacrifices made in the interest of the party.
He noted the contributions of his colleagues from Sokoto, Plateau, Imo and Nasarawa States and the personal presence of three of them and thanked them as well as national officials of the party.
The Governor stated that with the reconciliation he would perform better in securing the state and providing good governance and leadership.
Senators George Akume and Barnabas Gemade, State party chairman, Comrade Abba Yaro, Justice Augustine Utsaha rtd, Dr Fidelis Anweh, Titus Madugu, Hon Avine Agbom and Mike Gbe were among politicians from the state who witnessed the event.