Presidency, APC To Hold Further Talks With nPDP Members On Monday
Members of the aggrieved new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) will again meet with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday as part of moves to iron out their differences.
The aggrieved nPDP members had on Monday met with Osinbajo, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice (AGF) Abubakar Malami and the APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun.
The Deputy National Chairman (North) of the APC, Senator Lawali Shuaibu, who confirmed the new meeting date, also clarified issues over discussions at their last meeting on Monday with members of nPDP.
Shuaibu stated that the demand to stop the trial of the Senate President Bukola Saraki by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) did not come up at the parley.
A report on the outcome of the meeting between Vice-President Osinbajo and former nPDP political bloc now in the APC had said that the aggrieved members demanded stoppage of asset declaration case against the Senate President as part of the settlement deal.
However, Shuaibu said nothing of such was discussed at the meeting and that they did not go into any details on the letter earlier sent by the nPDP stakeholders.
Reacting to a media report on the meeting with former nPDP members Shuaibu said: “There was no time during Monday’s meeting the condition was given that Senator Bukola Saraki’s CCT trial must be withdrawn.”
Shuaibu, who represented the APC National Chairman Odigie-Oyegun at the talks with the nPDP members, disclosed that the meeting agreed to reconvene next Monday with a smaller group of eight which will comprise the vice-president, the attorney-general, himself (Shuaibu) and five representatives of the former nPDP members.
He said while Monday’s meeting which had in attendance 20 former nPDP members dwelt on ‘general discussions’, the next meeting equally scheduled for next Monday will “go into the business of discussing the [former nPDP] specific demands.”
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Shuaibu said: “When we got to the meeting venue in Aguda House, the Vice-President felt we were too many. He said for the meeting to achieve any meaningful result, we needed a much smaller group. On that, there was debate as to how many people. The vice-president suggested that the nPDP brings three representatives, and then himself, the attorney general and myself to make up three so that we have six. But they (nPDP) insisted that they needed more than three representatives and we finally settled on five. From there we went into general discussions, nothing specific.
“We said when they (nPDP) are ready with their five representatives, then we will sit down and go into the business of discussing the specific demands. There was no time during Monday’s meeting the condition was given that Senator Bukola Saraki’s CCT trial must be withdrawn. I don’t know where they got that story from. I have a strong feeling that whoever wrote that story was only being speculative because nobody could have said that.”
Shuaibu added that the basis for last Monday’s meeting was the content of the former nPDP’s letter submitted to the party and copied to the president and vice-president.
“The content of the letter which is now public, that is what the basis of their demands are. At the next meeting on Monday, we will go into the specifics. That letter will be x-rayed point by point,” he said.
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