These are not very good times for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which is being confronted by escalating differences amongst its fold.
Within the ranks of its governors, seeds of discord are beginning to germinate.
Governor Matawelle of Zamfara State, it would be recalled, had an encounter months ago with some South South governors over the exploitation of gold in his territory.
His outburst, following what he saw as the hostility of his brother governors in the oil rich Niger Delta region left many wondering, especially after he threatened to leave the party with other PDP governors if the leadership did nothing to tame the brewing disagreement.
Now, a fresh face – off between two PDP Governors from the North East and the North Central regions is rapidly developing.
On Monday, the rift between Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and Samuel Ortom of Benue State took another turn.
Ortom in a video that has gone viral alleged that Bala Mohammed’s utterances may be an indication that he might be among those who are threatening his life and the existence of the people of Benue who are occupants of the Benue trough that is fertile for farming.
See the viral video released by Ortom: https://www.facebook.com/channelsforum/videos/245728667129394/
The Benue State Governor revealed in his reaction that Fulani herders whose names he did not disclose had written to him, threatening to take his life.
Ortom urged his Bauchi counterpart to apologise for his utterances, saying that such a gesture would be more honourable than what he described as attempts at seeking justification for Fulani cattle men who carrying offensive weapons.
Shocked by the dimension that the issue is currently taking, the PDP quickly expressed serious reservations and urged its governors at war to exercise restraint.
Restraint appears to be what the PDP has currently in short supply. A rowdy session was recently recorded at the National Working Committee meeting of the party.
Insiders say Prince Uche Secondus may be the target of growing moves to revamp the PDP, but the aim one source revealed “is to dislodge Atiku’s hold on the party apparatus.”
“As far as those who are fighting at the NWC level are concerned, the return of Secondus as party chairman may imperile the ambition of those who think Atiku should not emerge as a presidential candidate “, the source added.
We cannot confirm if the feuding governors of Bauchi and Benue would heed the call for calm by the national leadership of the PDP.
It is however obvious that tempers are still flaring within the party as the hot exchanges between the two governors take a regional dimension.
The PDP seen as a melting pot of Nigeria’s conservatives is reputed for finding solutions to its teething internal problems.
But like Nigeria which is saddled with ethnic and religious problems and an insurgency that has defied the efforts of the military, the foundation of unity within the PDP is gradually disintegrating.
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