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Defection: Buhari, Osinbajo, Saraki, APC govs meet

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Senate President Bukola Saraki at the presidential villa, Abuja. Saraki arrived the villa at about 6:02p.m. and proceeded straight for a closeddoor meeting. No official reason was given for the meeting. On arrival, four governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC): Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Aminu Masari (Katsina), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara) and Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun) and the governor-elect of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi who had emerged from a separate meeting with the President returned to join the Senate President and President Buhari. A source who monitored the meeting told New Telegraph that the looming defection of Saraki and his supporters in the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) was the reason for the emergency meeting President Buhari invited him to Aso Rock.


“Last night (Wednesday) some APC governors came to see Senate President as part of efforts to reconcile the various groups in the APC. They were the ones who went and told the President that he must see Saraki before it was too late. “Today (Thursday) the Senate President went to the Villa where he met with the President, Vice President and some of the govetnors.


“The meeting deliberated on some issues in the party and more meetings will still hold. The President will hold similar meeting with the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara and others. “The governors were mandated to continue with further meetings and to brief the President,” the source said.



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