- Nigeria's opposition party PDP has waded into the disagreement between two of its governors
- Governors Bala Mohammed and Samuel Ortom have been at loggerheads on the issue of herdsmen who carry AK-47
- The PDP said it has activated the party's internal reconciliation mechanism to settle the matter
Amid the ongoing rift between Governors Samuel Ortom of Benue state and Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state, the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has waded into the matter.
Both governors were involved in a war of words recently over the issue of herdsmen carrying AK-47 in the country.
However, the opposition party in a series of tweets on Monday, February 22, and sighted by Legit.ng called for calm between both parties.
Having noted the disagreement, the PDP said it has activated the party's internal reconciliation mechanism to settle the matter between the two governors.
The party called on the Nigerian government to take urgent steps to address the escalated security challenges in the country.
Governor Mohammed supports herders bearing arms
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Mohammed on Friday, February 19, defended his comment about armed herders.
According to the governor, his comment supporting herdsmen arming themselves with AK-47 rifles was a figure of speech endorsing their protection.
The comment of the governor had sparked outrage across Nigeria, with many accusing him of supporting criminality.
Crisis in PDP as 2 governors 'fight'
In a related development, the Benue governor reacted to statements by Governor Mohammed supporting the possession of illegal arms by some herdsmen in the country.
Speaking with journalists on Monday, February 22, Ortom said his Bauchi counterpart must be very ignorant of the oath of office which governors take to protect citizens and the nation's constitution.
Going personal, the Benue governor said he would have chosen to overlook remarks from Mohammed but since silence means consent, it is best to set the record straight.
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