Buhari To Parley With Warring APC Legislators

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President Muhammadu Buhari is meeting warring legislators from the House of Representatives to resolve the crisis which has engulfed the House since its inauguration on Tuesday, June 9

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has scheduled a meeting for Monday, July 27, with House of Representatives members elected on the All Progressives Congress, APC, platform.

Details of what to be discussed at the meeting were not disclosed, Garba Shehu, special assistant to the president on media and publicity, said the parley would hold at the New Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, by 5:00pm.

But Shehu said he had no clue as to what the president would discuss with the lawmakers, pointing out that those invited would be in the best position to state why they have been invited.

The meeting would be the first time Buhari would be holding with all members of the APC in the House of Representatives.

The president had met separately with Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the House and Femi Gbajabiamila, who contested the speakership position but lost to the former.

The combatant duo of Dogara and Gbajabiamila are expected to lead their supporters to the meeting.

In any case, there are expectations that the president would be able to stop the lingering crisis which has been rocking the House since inauguration ahead of resumption on Tuesday, July 28 and stave off a stormy resumption.

The lower legislative chamber has been engulfed with a leadership crisis since its constitution on June 9 following the refusal of members to honour the position of the APC leadership on how to share principal offices.

On June 23, an attempt by the House to reconvene was disrupted when Dogara refused to read a letter from the APC leadership on whom it recommended to fill the remaining four principal officers.

Dogara had formally written a letter to John Odigie-Oyegun, national chairman of the APC, explaining why he could not abide with the ruling party’s recommendation.

Shehu said he had no clue as to what the president would discuss with the lawmakers, pointing out that those invited would be in the best position to state why they have been invited.

— Jul 27, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT

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