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Atiku, Tinubu missing as Buhari, Saraki, Dogara, other APC leaders confer on State of the Nation

By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA – In what is fast becoming a routine apparently borne out of the need to give his government a direction and also entrench good governance in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night met with the leadership of the National Assembly and some leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting had the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the National Chairman of APC, John Odegie-Oyegun in attendance.

Zamfara State Governor and Chairman, Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, Abdulaziz Yari, Imo state governor and the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume were also in the meeting.

Similarly, the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, and former Minister of Information, Tony Momoh, Special Adviser to the president on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu made it to the meeting

APC Deputy National Chairman North, Shuaibu Lawali, and the Deputy National Chairman South Segun Oni were also in the meeting.

However former Vice President and chieftain of APC, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the national leader of APC and former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu were conspicuously absent.

Though the agenda of the meeting which started at about 9pm and ended 12 midnight at the conference room of the wife of the president was not officially disclosed, Vanguard gathered that the meeting was summoned to enable the government and party leaders interface on a wide range of national issues geared towards good governance.

A credible source privy to the meeting who wouldn’t want his name in black and white told Vanguard that the meeting was called to enable the government and the party deliberate on contemporary, important national issues.

Though he did not give specifics, the issues, Vanguard further learnt were not outside the 2016 budget, the menace of fulani herdsmen, pending federal government political appointments and the reconstitution of the APC’s Board of Trustees (Board).

“It was a meeting between the government and the party. Government felt the need to interface with the party leaders on national issues”, he said simply.

The source could not tell whether the ongoing trial of the senate president, Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT over alleged false assets declaration featured in the meeting.

Asked why Atiku and Tinubu stayed away, the said they both men tendered apology for their absenteeism through the national chairman of APC, Chief John Oyegun.

Meanwhile, when Journalists pressed to know from Oyegun, Saraki and others the details of the what transpired at the meeting, they declined comments.

The Special Adviser to the president on Political Matters in the office of the Vice President, Babafemi Ojudu who risked a comment repeatedly said “it was a family affair”.


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