Ortom and Bala

Northern leaders have expressed displeasure over the clash between Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

Speaking on the development, Deputy Speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly, Danlami Kawule urged Ortom to sieve his utterances, adding that he had no right to call Bala a terrorist.

Recall that Ortom ordered armed herdsmen to relocate to Bauchi if they could not adhere to the laws in Benue.

Reacting to the directive, the lawmaker said Ortom indirectly insinuated that Bauchi is a lawless state, prompting him to demand an apology from Ortom.

Similarly, Chairman of the Arewa Youths for Peace and Development faulted Ortom for branding Bala as a terrorist.

He said, “No matter what, to call him a terrorist is unacceptable, erroneous, unfair and we demand an unreserved apology from Ortom to all Nigerians for fanning the embers of disunity in the country over his utterances and reckless statements and actions.”

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party has intervened in the rift between the two governors.

PDP tweeted, “@OfficialPDPNig assures that it has waded into the rift between Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, and his Benue State counterpart, Governor Samuel Ortom.

“The PDP calls for calm as the internal reconciliation mechanism introduced by the hierarchy of the party between the two governors subsists.

“The PDP however urges the Federal Government to take urgent steps to address the escalated security challenges in our country.”



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