By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA— A high level meeting of public officials belonging to the All Progressives Congress, APC, with senior party officials in the Presidential Villa, yesterday, stoked speculations of a political solution to the proposed trial of Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The meeting which brought party leaders, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, and Senator Saraki together, however, did not discuss the issue of the envisaged trial of the Senate President at the CCT.
Vanguard learned that it was a scheduled meeting of the G19 meant as an interface with the Presidency, governors, National Assembly leadership and other arms of government controlled by the party.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was said to have presided over the meeting as President Muhammadu Buhari is out of the country.
Party chieftains present at the meeting included Tinubu; former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the party’s National Chairman; Segun Oni, National Vice Chairman, South-West; Senate President Saraki; Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun and Senate Leader, Ali Ndume.
Also present were Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal; Imo State deputy governor, Prince Eze Madumere; a former interim chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande; Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, among others.
The meeting which took place behind closed doors started at about 11 a.m. in one of the conference rooms in the office of the Vice President.
After the meeting ended at about 3 p.m, journalists who sought comments from participants were kept in the dark as none of those who attended the meeting volunteered information on what they discussed.
However, a source speaking on condition of anonymity, rebuffed insinuations that the meeting was called to discuss Saraki’s imminent trial, saying the agenda of the meeting was devoted to current political developments in the country, state and funding of the party.