NASS crisis: Buhari meets APC Lawmakers today

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has commenced last-minute moves to settle the fracas in the legislature once and for all.

Accordingly, the president will, for the first time since the crisis erupted, meet with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, his deputy and all the All Progressives Congress (APC) members of the house today in Aso Villa, Abuja.

The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, confirmed the meeting to State House correspondents yesterday.

Top on the list of agenda of the meeting scheduled to hold at the banquet hall of the presidential villa by 5pm is how to resolve the issues of key positions in the House that have torn the APC caucus apart.

A dependable presidency source told our correspondent that the meeting with the APC Reps is one among other parleys President Buhari will be holding with APC federal lawmakers, as another meeting with APC senators is also in the offing.

According to the source who preferred not to be named in print, “the president has concluded that he cannot just fold his arms and watch the legislature, which is also an integral part of the federal government under his watch, stray for too long when the APC government is supposed to be acting as one in setting the pace for good governance in line with their campaign promises for Nigerians.

“The meeting tomorrow (today) is an indication that, as the leader of the country and the party, President Buhari, who had hitherto vowed not to meddle in the affairs of the National Assembly, has finally resolved to wade into the crisis for the interest of the party and the entire country.

Crowd at Nass (3)“To avoid the crisis from continuing unabated now that the House has resumed its session, hence frustrating the legislative process under his government, the president feels he should discuss with all parties involved in the rift and urge them to come up with a better way of achieve their aim without necessarily resorting to rancour”, the source added.

As for the Senate crisis, he said, “There are also plans by the president to meet with the APC members in the Senate to address the fracas. But this will come only after the issue of fraudulent forgery of the Senate rules must have been properly investigated and treated by the relevant security agencies”.

Obviously in preparation for the reconciliation parley today, a factional leader of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, was at the presidential villa on Friday where he had a closed-door meeting with the president.

The source added that “the idea of tomorrow’s (today’s) meeting is to talk to Speaker Dogara and his faction to stop anti-party activities in the House and begin a reconciliation process that would unite the APC members in the House, with a view to forming a formidable majority in the Green Chamber of the National Assembly”.

The Speaker had come up with what is now referred as ‘Dogara Formula’ which is a clear deviation from the instructions of the leadership of the governing APC, which had earlier directed him to announce the names of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Alhassan Doguwa, Mohammed Tahir Monguno and Pally Iriase as majority leader, deputy leader, chief whip and deputy chief whip of the House respectively.

Prominent members of the Gbajabiamila-led The Loyalists Group, namely Doguwa, Iriase and Monguno, openly bought into the Dogara formula during a joint press briefing at the weekend in Abuja, but their group immediately disowned them, saying they acted on their own.

Meanwhile, the group yesterday said it had accepted Monguno’s apology, adding that he was misled during earlier joint press conference with the Dogara’s Consolidation Group on Saturday.

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, they insisted that they will not allow Nigerians to be short-changed over the ‘change’ they voted for.

The group further alleged an “unholy” alliance between Speaker Dogara and members of the opposition PDP in the House in order to, according to it, thwart President Muhammad Buhari’s change agenda.

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