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Yar’Adua: PDP, Mark,Bankole Aondoakaa in crucial meeting

ABUJA—FOLLOWING the storming of the Presidency and the National Assembly on Thursday by eminent leaders led by former President Shehu Shagari on the present health situation of President Umaru Yar’Adua who has been out of the country since November 23, 2009, leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the leadership of the National Assembly yesterday held a closed door meeting to brainstorm on unfolding issues.

The meeting involved the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), the Senate President, Senator David Mark, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Demeji Bankole and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Mike Aondonkaa.

The crucial meeting took place at the private residence of the National Chairman of PDP, No. 45 Mamman Nasir Street, Asokoro in Abuja, just as the source stressed that the decision to hold the meeting at the private residence of Ogbulafor was to avoid unnecessary suspicion and the prying eyes of newsmen.

It was also gathered that the crucial meeting with the principal officers of the National Assembly and members of the President’s Kitchen cabinet was to avert tension and reduce tension in the country due to the continued absence of President Yar’Adua.

The Senate President as gathered explained that the meeting was among others geared towards  discussing the letter which President Yar’Adua ought to have transmitted to the Senate during his absence, adding that the action of the Senate was to avert the growing tension in the country as well a avoid any consequential circumstances that could arise with the continued absence of the President.

The source said further that while contributing to the discussions, the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole informed the meeting of the growing tension within the House of Representatives to the extent that over 200 members of the House have signalled  their intention to commence impeachment proceedings  against the President should he refuse to transmit a letter notifying the National Assembly that he was seeking medical attention in Saudi Arabia.


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