President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, (middle),  National Chairman, All Progressive Congress, (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun (2Snd left), Imo State State Governor, Owelle  Rochas Okorocha and APC  National Women Leader, Hajia  Ramatu Tijani and  Alhaji. Kawu Baraje after the  APC NEC meeting in Abuja on Friday.

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, (middle), National Chairman, All Progressive Congress, (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun (2Snd left), Imo State State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and APC National Women Leader, Hajia Ramatu Tijani and Alhaji. Kawu Baraje after the APC NEC meeting in Abuja on Friday.

No Deal Yet As Buhari, Govs Intervention Fails To Resolve NASS Crisis


The moves by President Muhammudu Buhari and governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to resolve the crisis rocking the ruling party, over leadership positions in the National Assembly yesterday failed to yield positive result.

The National Executive Council of the party had at its meeting yesterday passed the buck of resolving the issues to the governors to arbitrate with just a mention of it at the meeting.

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, (middle),  National Chairman, All Progressive Congress, (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun (2Snd left), Imo State State Governor, Owelle  Rochas Okorocha and APC  National Women Leader, Hajia  Ramatu Tijani and  Alhaji. Kawu Baraje after the  APC NEC meeting in Abuja on Friday.

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, (middle), National Chairman, All Progressive Congress, (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun (2Snd left), Imo State State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and APC National Women Leader, Hajia Ramatu Tijani and Alhaji. Kawu Baraje after the APC NEC meeting in Abuja on Friday.

That was despite a caution by President Muhammadu Buhari that the party must not march from victory to violent eruption. The president had in his remarks also tasked the quarrelling gladiators to pocket their personal interests and project the collective interest of the party.

But when the Rochas Okorocha-led PGF met for the first time with feuding party members in the National Assembly in Abuja, no progress was made.

The meeting which was attended by Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Senator Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila, who are the APC’s preferred candidates for the positions of the Senate President and Speaker respectively, failed because the rival groups could not agree on the peace proposals of some party leaders as of the time the meeting was adjourned till Saturday (today).

Nevertheless, Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and Governor Adams Oshiomole of Edo State who led the arbitration with the two sides following the NEC meeting nevertheless expressed confidence that the crisis would be over by next week.

Okorocha said, “You will not see more disagreements as against the past, peace has come to our party.

“Both Senate President (Bukola Saraki), and the Speaker; (Yakubu Dogara), Senator Ahmed Lawan and Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, will work together for the unity and progress of our party.

“By next week, we will give you people the details of the outcome of this peace meeting, but so far so good, all things being equal.

“The party has accepted the leadership of the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. To God be the glory.”

Speaking in a similar vein, his Edo State counterpart, Adams Oshiomhole, expressed confidence that the crisis would have become a thing of the past by next week.

He said, “When you have some little disagreement among friends, the only way to solve them is to talk and we have started the process. The fact that the two sides are present, the foundation for peace is there.

“If people refuse to see eye to eye or refuse to sit together then you can’t even discuss and the fact that they all turned up and we listened to all the sides and we have a couple of suggestions; we have agreed to continue with the conversation and we are meeting again tomorrow (Saturday) night here again.

“So, I believe we are making some progress, not that everything is signed, sealed and delivered.”

Following the troubleshooting efforts by President Buhari who appealed to all factions to “let APC work and let the system work and let us have a government that will earn the respect of our constituencies” it was expected that yesterday’s NEC meeting would lead to a final resolution. It seemingly calmed nerves but final solution is yet to be achieved.

In the absence of Tinubu and Akande, nobody pressed the issue a source privy to the development in the closed-door session said.

It was learnt that the process of reconciling aggrieved members of the party could not be advanced a step further due in part to the absence of these party leaders.

“There were many issues on the agenda and that matter (National Assembly crisis) did not get the attention many people expected as it was just briefly mentioned and passed on to the Progressive Governors to handle,” the source said.

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