Monday, 5 December 2016

Oyegun Meets Saraki, APC Senators ForReconciliation

For the first time since the inauguration of
the National Assembly on June 9, 2015, the
leadership of the All Progressives Congress
(APC) will today meet with the Senate
leadership at the secretariat of the party in
Abuja to lay the foundation for a renewed
THISDAY learnt last night that the move
was part of the fresh arrangements to
strengthen the renewed relationship
between the executive and the legislature
as well as the relationship between the
party leadership and the leadership of the
National Assembly.
THISDAY was reliably informed last night
that in this renewed move to bury the
hatchet between the party leadership and
the National Assembly, today’s meeting will
set the pace for a forthcoming meeting with
the APC caucus in the National Assembly.
The meeting will cement a fresh romance
between the APC caucus and leaders of the
ruling APC to be led by its National
Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
It was further learnt that the planned
meeting with the leadership of the party
and the National Assembly will hold before
the National Assembly proceeds on
Christmas and New Year break. A source
privy to the information told THISDAY last
night that the meeting would either take
place before or after the presentation of
the 2016 budget.
THISDAY further learnt that this fresh
move was spurred by a piece of advice to
the presidency that it was not enough for
President Muhammadu Buhari to
commence moves to build a better
relationship with the Senate leadership
without involving the party leadership.
Besides Senate President Bukola Saraki
visiting the Presidential Villa three times in
one week, a rare development since his
emergence as the Senate president on June
9, last year, the Chairman of the APC
Governors’ Forum and Governor of Imo
State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, had
recently visited Saraki in his office where
he emphasised the need to chart a new
course within the party.
Okorocha had harped on the need to
ensure unity of purpose among
stakeholders in the party and forge a new
relationship capable of overshadowing the
hitherto estranged relationship between the
party and Senate leadership.
There has been no love lost between
Buhari, members of the National Working
Committee (NWC) of the APC and Saraki
since June 9, 2015 when he emerged as the
Senate president against the wish of his
As a result of the situation, the NWC of the
party had never attempted to meet with the
Senate leadership as well as the APC caucus
in the Senate as the case should be.