Buhari Begs Saraki Not To Defect To PDP
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed doors with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and some All Progressives Congress (APC) governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
This Day gathered that the President, who spearheaded the peace initiative, pleaded with the Senate President, who seems to be the arrowhead of the impending mass movement, to stay back in the party, in an attempt to avert an impending exodus of its bigwigs to the leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
It was learnt that Saraki and other aggrieved top members of the APC massed in the reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC), including Governors Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Samuel Ortom (Benue) and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) had met with the leaders of the PDP on Wednesday in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State, to consider the absorption of the rAPC.
It was also gathered that although, the outcome of the meeting between the president and the senate president is yet be officially made public, there was a similar meeting between Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State – who had indicated on Tuesday that he had technically left the APC – and the National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole.
The former Edo State governor publicly appealed to Ortom not to return to the PDP.
The online newspaper also said that Saraki’s meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Thursday was set up by APC governors, including Alhaji Aminu Masari (Katsina State), Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun State) and Senator Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi State), who after initial discussions with the Senate president at his Abuja residence on Wednesday night, prevailed on the president to meet with him and persuade him not to defect from the party.