By Maudlyn Eduke
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri has appealed to the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus to intervene in the conflict between Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed and his Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom.
The two northern governors have been at loggerheads over the proprietary of open grazing and Fulani herdsmen carrying assault rifles for protection.
Governor Diri, during a courtesy visit to Governor Mohammed in Bauchi, said the PDP should use its internal reconciliation mechanism to settle the rift between them.
He also asked both men to amicably settle their dispute and stop the needless and unnecessary media war so it does not escalate further.
The governor said, “I appeal to the party leadership to intervene in the matter, and no party member should speak on the contentious issue again, please.
“It is very disturbing to read on the pages of national newspapers that the two governors of Bauchi and Benue are engaging in cold war and its worrisome that they both belong to the same pary, the PDP.
“I appeal to every member of our party not to instigate any of the respective governors on the issue but instead to make sure the matter gets settled amicably”.
Responding, the Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed thanked Diri for the intervention and promised not to speak on the contentious issue again or against Ortom.
Diri before departing the state was confered with the Chieftaincy Title of Wakili Kudu of the South by the Emir of Bauchi HRH Dr Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu.