By Mark Okafor and James Sunday
LEGISREPORTS NG – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari will today meet with all members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House of Representatives in an attempt to resolve the crisis concerning sharing of the remaining position of principal offices in the green chamber.
Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, to the president, Garba Shehu, who confirmed the meeting to Journalists informed that the meeting has been scheduled for 5.pm inside the new Banquet Hall at the Presidential Villa, Abuja,
Buhari will be meeting with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, for the first time since his election
This meeting is coming in the wake of heightened tension in both the speakers camp and the faction of APC Reps memebers loyal to former opposition leader in the house, Femi Gbajabiamila.
At a press conference in Abuja yesterday addressed by the spokesman of the Gbajabiamila Group, Hon. Nasiru Sani Zangon-Daura and attended by about 20 members of the group, the APC loyalist camp behind Gbajabiamila vowed not allow Nigerians to be short-changed over the ‘change’ they voted for.
Alleging plot by the speaker in an “unholy alliance” to sabotage the Buhari’s administration, the group said, “We are also cognizant that in politics there are always the subversive activities and antics of 5th columnists in any political movement to contend with. We are also aware that this unholy alliance is a bid to truncate President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda, which includes his anti-corruption stance, by using the National Assembly to, at the very minimum, slow it down if they cannot stop this presidential initiative dead cold.
“We know that this unholy agreement between the disloyal Dogara group and the PDP entails the deployment of PDP members and the disloyal APC group in strategic positions in the structures and committees of the House. The purpose of this strategic deployment is to enable the PDP to indirectly dictate the pace and activities of the National Assembly to the detriment of our party’s goals and objectives,” Zangon-Daura said.
The group deplored what it called the continued defiance of the APC and the party House Caucus by Dogara as indicated in his “disloyal letter” to the APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, saying that it was not aware of any concession made by the Dogara group to theirs (Loyalists Group), contrary to insinuations in the media.
“To have a genuine agreement that is not tainted by the PDP, the Dogara group will have to, first of all, cut off the umbilical cord between them and the PDP and, secondly, engage in candid reconciliatory discussions with our group as a whole through our approved members under the leadership of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila,” he added.
Meanwhile, reacting to the allegation that the Speaker is in an unholy alliance with the PDP to sabotage Buhari’s administration, the spokesman of the Dogara loyalist group, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, described it as cheap blackmail
He queried, “What has Buhari brought to the House or what has Dogara done to undermine Buhari?”
He also debunked the speculations that there was plan to bar some select members of the House from gaining access to the chamber tomorrow.
President Buhari who had stated in the past that he will not interfere in the affairs of the legislative arm is said to have been pressured to broker peace among the warring factions in the interest of the country and the party so as not to allow the crisis to continue un abated
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