The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, was conspicuously absent as lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) met with the party leadership.

Mr Dogara is expected to defect to the opposition PDP and on Tuesday presided over the House sitting where 36 representatives defected from the APC.

The APC caucus of the House was led to the meeting by the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Speaking during the meeting, Oshiomhole said the party would not dangle dollars or automatic tickets  before aggrieved party members in a bit to prevent them from leaving.

Therefore, he said, those who want to go to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should go.

“You must know that the access to CBN has been cut off, the access to NNPC has been cut off, the access to converting defence spending to private pockets has been cut off,” Oshiomhole said.

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“And then those who have done it, they are helping security agencies to explain. Pit latrines have been opened and people are vomiting left, right and centre. They are confessing like witches and wizards.”

Gbajabiamila said the meeting was called to appreciate the members who have refused to jump ship like their colleagues.

He also said, contrary to speculations, the APC still commands the majority in terms of numerical strength in the house.

He advised the party leadership to ensure that it consolidates its hold by ”keeping the remaining lawmakers close.”

Earlier on Wednesday night, President Muhammadu Buhari held a rare meeting at the Presidential Villa with APC senators.

However, 14 senators, including Senate President Bukola Saraki, were absent at the meeting.

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