Buhari, Saraki, Dogara hold private meeting

Dogara-Saraki-Buhari-702x336President Muham­madu Buhari yesterday met behind closed doors with Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Represen­tatives, Yakubu Dogara.

Saraki’s deputy, Sena­tor Ike Ekweremadu was conspicuously absent.

Saraki and Dogora joint­ly led the leadership of the National Assembly to the meeting with the president.

State House correspon­dents were barred from covering the meeting which was held inside the First Lady’s Conference Hall inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

From the Senate, those in attendance were Major­ity Leader, Ali Ndume; his Deputy, Bala Ibn Na’Allah; Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio and Mi­nority Whip, Philip Aduda.

From the House of Rep­resentatives were the Dep­uty Speaker, Yusuf Lasun; and House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila.

They all arrived the venue in a convoy at about 8.45pm. The meet­ing, however, started at about 9.15pm when Bu­hari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and some top government officials ar­rived at the venue.

Saraki, who is currently being prosecuted by the Code of Conduct Tribu­nal (CCT) for alleged false declaration of assets emerged the Senate Presi­dent against the party’s choice of Senator Ahmad Lawan.

Although the agenda of the meeting was not known, it was gathered that it was one of the steps being taken to resolve the crisis and also, reconcile Saraki with the leadership of the party.

It will be recalled that Dogara had on Monday evening met with Buhari on the Saraki issue.

The Speaker met with Buhari following a reso­lution by the House that he should intervene in the crisis.

The meeting might also be aimed at securing smooth passage for min­isterial nominees whose names were sent to the Senate by the president last week.

Another issue on the front burner is the plan by the President to send a sup­plementary budget to the National Assembly. -The Sun

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