Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has brokered a truce between the immediate past governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang and Senator Jeremiah Useni.
Governor Wike, who met with the two Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leaders in Jos, Plateau State capital, on Wednesday, said the reconciliation was necessary if the party is to reclaim the State governorship position and defeat the All Progressives Congress in the 2023 general election.
The Rivers State governor, during the meeting, which took place at the residence of Senator Useni, explained that his visit was necessitated by the friction that had existed between the two leaders.
He noted that if the friction is not urgently resolved, it will affect the success of the party in future.
The Rivers State governor implored both Jang and Senator Useni to make personal sacrifices to move the party forward in Plateau State and Nigeria at large.
According to him, the party’s unity is vital at this crucial moment because APC moles within the PDP are trying to sow seeds of discord.
“I do know that there will be by-election at the federal constituency and state constituency, and then again, we are talking about the gubernatorial and national election next year. If the party is not united, no matter how bad APC is, there is no way we can win.
“And so, for me, personal sacrifices can be made if you’ve fought wars for this country for the unity of Nigeria, and today Nigeria is bleeding, not only Nigeria is bleeding, Plateau too is bleeding. I have no apology to say that the people of Plateau State are waiting for you both to put the party together, and then you will just take back Plateau State. Plateau state is a natural PDP state.
“There are disagreements everywhere. There are disagreements in the party, both at the national level. So, it is not a question of I am right. It is not a question of Jang is right, you are wrong, or you are right; Jang is wrong. It is a question of, for whatever it takes, can we please, in the name of God, leave our personal interests and make our party move forward.
“APC is trying to penetrate our party to make sure that the leadership of the party at the national level is being distracted through one or two persons, but we are making sure that does not happen. While we are doing that, we also want to make sure that the branches are also united.”
Former Plateau State governor, Jonah Jang, thanked Governor Wike for visiting Jos to broker a truce between him and Senator Useni.
He further disclosed that following the intervention of Governor Wike, he and Senator Useni have agreed to work together in the interest of the party.
On his part, Senator Useni commended Governor Wike for finding time to come to Jos on a reconciliatory visit.
He assured the governor that he and his former state governor would henceforth forge a common alliance in the party’s interest.