*Ortom To Facilitate Meeting To Broker Peace.

The Acting Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Board of Trustees (BOT), Senator Adolphus Wabara has declared that the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike and other members of the party that are aggrieved over the fallout of the presidential primaries of the PDP have good reasons to be aggrieved.

Wabara was in Benue state to discuss with Governor Samuel Ortom and possibly find solutions to the lingering crisis that erupted between the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State shortly after the emergence of Atiku as the presidential flagbearer of the PDP.

He however noted that the party’s BOT would liase with the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom who would create a conducive environment for the BOT to meet with the aggrieved parties.

Wabara, a former Senate President who is also the head of the reconciliatory team disclosed this in a chat with newsmen shortly after commissioning the 27-bedroom Aper Aku Lodge in Makurdi on Wednesday.

The BOT Chairman who did not give details on the outcome of his discussion with Governor Ortom over the face-off, said there is need for all parties to the crisis to be mindful of what they said, as they would still be meeting to discuss the matter.

He said, “There is no problem without a solution. That is why we are here to seek for solution. We just have to watch our utterances because we will still come back to the same table in the interest of Nigerians.

“It is only PDP that can rescue Nigeria and provide dividends of democracy. Those aggrieved (parties) have a strong point and we will look into those issues as the conscience of the Party and we will come up with a decision very soon.

“We will reach out to the group in Port-Harcourt and Governor Ortom will create the enabling environment for this” meeting to hold, he stated.

Also speaking on the matter, Governor Samuel Ortom said, “I share a common understanding with Wike. I commend the BOT for taking this step.

“We have several times made our position known that we are not happy with the (way) the leadership of the party at the national level is managing the party and we need to do something.

“I insist on what I said sometime ago that the party leadership should have deployed its internal conflict resolution mechanism long ago. I commend this effort of reaching out and dialogueing.

“Politics as I know it for over forty years of practice is full of conflicts but you must discuss and find solutions. People have diverse interests and we must look at it and arrive at a win-win situation.

“But treating people as if they were nothing does not make sense. So, this is what the BOT is trying to do. I am an aggrieved person. I do not like what the leadership of the party is doing.

“Leadership is collective and we should be working together. So, they are here as fathers, elders of the party to move forward”, he stressed.

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