The details of the meeting between the members of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State have emerged.
Naija News reports that the Chairman of the PDP BoT, Adolphus Wabara, on Wednesday, led the delegation on a conciliatory visit to Ortom at the Government House in Markurdi, the Benue state capital.
Speaking with reporters after the meeting, Senator Wabara said the internal wranglings within the party would be resolved soon, calling on those aggrieved to watch their utterances.
The former Senate President also admitted that the party is facing a major crisis ahead of the start of campaigns, stressing that the party is not united at the moment.
Wabara said the BoT members will reach out to the aggrieved groups in the party in order to find a lasting solution to the internal crisis.
He said the delegation was in Benue to meet with Governor Ortom to help them create an avenue to meet the camp of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
Wabara said: “There is no family without problems and that is exactly why we have come to the head, to encourage us with suggestions. As I said earlier, there is no problem without a solution. We should just watch our utterances because we will all come back to the same table in the interest of Nigerians.
“So we will reach out to the groups. That is why we came here so that he will create the enabling environment for us to reach those aggrieved. Yes, they have very strong points; we will look at it as the conscience of the party and come out with a decision very soon.”
In his remark, Governor Ortom commended the BoT members for embarking on the reconciliation visit, saying it would have been done before now.
The governor also acknowledged that he was also aggrieved, adding that he shares an understanding with Wike on the issues he is fighting for.
Ortom also berated the national leadership of the party for treating Wike and his allies as if they are nothing or they have no political value.
He said: “I have been with Governor Wike, we are friends and colleagues who share a common understanding on these issues. I commend the BoT for taking these steps because reconciliation is very key.
“The party leadership would have deployed its internal conflict resolution mechanism long ago, maybe because somebody else was there before but I commend this effort.
“Politics as I know in my over 40 years of practice is full of conflicts but you must discuss them and find solutions. People have diverse interests; you must look at it and see how there can be a win-win for all. But treating people as if they are nothing or they have no value does not make sense to me. So I am pleased with what the BOT is trying to do. They have seen me, we have discussed, they are also going to see other governors and I believe that at the end of the day, we shall do something that will bring us together.”
“I am an aggrieved person too and that is why they came. We should be working together and they are here as fathers, mothers, leaders, and as the conscience of the party, to discuss with us. We have made our positions known that we are not happy with the way the leadership of the party at the national level is managing the party. They need to do something.”