Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari was reportedly absent at the meeting scheduled to renew peace among the groups in the leadership struggle of the 8th National Assembly.
The legislators-elect of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and some leaders of the party had come together only to get to know that elections were going on at the National Assembly and that Senator Bukola Saraki had become the new Senate President.
It was gathered that the members-elect, while waiting for the arrival of the Buhari, commenced discussing in one of the meeting rooms in the conference center while journalists were banned from knowing what was going on.
Most of the legislators after waiting for about two hours left the conference center with the understanding that the situation at the Senate had occurred behind them.
At the meeting were present some APC governors, leaders of the party and former governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu. The spokesperson of the party, Lai Mohammed, arrived several hours later.
In a rapid reaction to the development, the party chairman and some members of the APC said that they were studying the situation and would react at the right time.
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There were reports that two members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party are standing behind the revolt against President Buhari and APC in the election of the Senate President.
It should be noted that the APC had held a mock election for the principal officers of the National Assembly.Senators Ahmed Lawan from Yobe and George Akume from Benue state were nominated to run as the APC’s candidates. Despite this Bukola Saraki became new Senate President on June 9, Tuesday.