|Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara; Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and President Muhammadu Buhari|
***My statement was misinterpreted, says Akande
KADUNA —Leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, led by President Muhammadu Buhari were, yesterday, running against time to resolve the crises that have partly stymied the new ruling party’s moves to fully constitute the executive and legislative arms of government.
The troubleshooting efforts were, however, almost derailed when the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, came out of its shell to blast the erstwhile interim national chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande over his depiction of the APC crisis as a conspiracy against the Yoruba.
The northern social-cultural organisation flayed Akande, a former governor of Osun State and a right hand man of the APC’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of diminishing his status as an elder statesman by his assertions.
Akande in a response told Vanguard that he would not respond to those who hold an exaggerated interpretation of his words.
Buhari leads peace offensive
The peace offensive was being led by President Buhari, who according to sources, had been persuaded that combative actions of the party towards reversing the elections of presiding officers and principal officers of the National Assembly cannot be achieved through democratic or parliamentary means.
In that effort, the President, it was learnt, was last night locked in a meeting with a 30-man delegation of APC lawmakers belonging to the Femi Gbajabiamila group. The progress of the meeting scheduled to commence at 8.30 p.m. could not be ascertained at press time.
Sources privy to the arrangement of the meeting told Vanguard that the President would use the opportunity to calm members of the Gbajabiamila group and appreciate their loyalty to the party even as he prepares them to the fact that nothing again can be done to remove their foe, Speaker Yakubu Dogara from office.
“The President has been appraised of the fact that under parliamentary and democratic conventions nothing can be done to reverse what has been done in the National Assembly,” a source privy to the meeting said last night.
The meeting with the Gbajabiamila group, it was gathered, was to set the stage for the President to lead the peace moves at tomorrow’s scheduled National Executive Committee, NEC meeting of the party.
That meeting would provide the stage for the first open meeting between the President and the two presiding officers of the National Assembly, Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker Dogara.
Both presiding officers are automatic members of the NEC and the belief in the party is that it would be inconvenient for the President and the party to enter the NEC meeting with two of their leading members being treated as rebels.
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