The Governor of Benue State and Secretary to the government of the federation have reportedly reconciled their political differences after a meeting with the Tiv Traditional Council (TTC), on Monday. The reconciliation took place on Monday after a cold war between the supporters of the two individuals had lasted for the past six months a situation that has also brewed the crisis of the rulling political party in the state. The conflict hit a peark with the recent inauguration of a factional APC State Executive Council by the governor, a development that saw the police stepping in to take over the APC State Secretariat to forestall violence. Worried by the worsening crisis, the Tiv paramount ruler, Prof. James Ayatse, and the TTC invited the duo to discuss the differences. Prof Ayatse, while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the meeting yesterday, said that the duo agreed to reconcile their differences. “The two leaders have agreed to put aside their political differences and work for the progress of Benue. “Today, I called the Governor of Benue, Rev Fr Alia, and the SGF, Sen George Akume, to discuss with them because of reports that we have received about conflicts between them. “We have spoken with them. They have told us the issues. We discussed the issues and agreed together. “They agreed to bury their differences and work together as a team for the good of the people. “So, all the past differences have been put aside and now we have a fresh start. We shall work together in unity, in cooperation, and in agreement for the progress and development of Benue. “The leaders have made a commitment to keep to their word and ensure that there is peace and unity between them going forward.” He said the SGF and the governor understood the weight of making an undertaking before the fathers of the land and shall, God willing, abide by their words. “Yes, they made a commitment. They shook hands and embraced one another. They have promised to work as a team. “We are happy with the resolutions they took themselves and we believe they have shown commitment. We are their fathers in the land; our blessings have a lot of importance in their activities. “So, to make such a commitment in the presence of the traditional rulers of the land is very weighty. We do believe that they will adhere to the resolutions that we have reached today,” he said It was reported that Barnabas Gemade was Gov Alia’s witness during the reconciliation meeting, and Michael Aondoakaa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, was Mr Akume’s witness. The two officials the SGF and the Governor declined to respond to questions from the press. (NAN)  


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