Buhari meets Saraki, Dogara over ministerial nominees


By Olanrewaju Ajao                     President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday night is locked up in a meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly.
The meeting which holding at the First Lady’s Conference Room in the State House is being attended by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bubachir David Lawal.
Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker, Hon Yusuf Suleiman Lasun, Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, Deputy Majority Leader, Bala Ibn Na’alla are on the side of the National Assembly.
The meeting which started at exactly 9:15pm with the entrance of the President and his entourage is still ongoing as at press time.
Though, the agenda of the meeting is not known however, there are indications that the focus might be on the recently sent ministerial list to the Senate for confirmation.
It is believed that Senate Minority Leader, PDP’s senator Godswil Akpabio, was invited to the meeting so as to prevail on him to mobilise the PDP Senators to ensure smooth confirmation of the ministerial nominees.
It is not clear if the crisis Saraki is facing will be discussed. Saraki had emerged as Senate President against the directive of his party which preferred Senator Ahmed Lawan in that position.
The Senate President is facing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal over allegations of false declaration of assets even though it is seen as as a way of punishing him for not cooperating with the party.
The President has said he wasn’t chasing anyone, only that people would have to face the consequences of their actions.
On his part, the Senate President has repeatedly said his trial was a form of persecution by outside forces who didn’t like his emergence as Senate President.
The House of Representatives had last week mandated the Speaker to meet the President and find a political solution to the controversy.

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