Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that he will not be sitting down for discussion with the aggrieved members of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party, amongst them the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, that joined forces to form the ruling All Progressives Congress.
A government source have disclosed this to journalists on the condition of anonymity on Monday. Stating affirmatively that the President has vowed never to sit down with the aggrieved members of the ruling party APC.
The Aso Rock source said Buhari had reiterated his position on the matter to state governors elected on the platform of the APC during a meeting he had with them recently.
The President was said to have insisted that state governors and the national leaders of the party should be able to resolve such issues.
He said the issue was a party matter and he was not ready to sit with any faction.
“It is a party matter. I am not ready to sit down with any faction. If they have problems, they should go to the party. I will not interfere.
The President however contradicted himself unwittingly when he opined that Governor’s are party leaders in their States and should be able to solve the matter.
“Governors as party leaders in the states should deal with all issues. Where there is a need, the party leadership can come in. I will not get involved,” Buhari was quoted to have told the APC governors.
He was, however, said to have agreed that the contact started by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo should continue.
The source also added that opinions were divided on the issue among the governors that attended the meeting.
“Some hard-line Governors asked the President to ignore the nPDP members while the majority felt the party and the VP should continue to talk to them,” the source added.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, could not be reached on the telephone for comment as of the time of filing this report.
But the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; a former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabi’u Kwankwaso (Kano-Central); and Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduna-Central), who are part of the aggrieved APC members, could not be reached for comments on Monday night.
The nPDP had earlier in May issued a seven-day ultimatum to President Buhari to address grievances of alleged marginalisation and persecution of its members. Both the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker Of The House Of Representative, Yakubu Dagora are prominent members of the nPDP. The group have complained of being sidelined by the President in appointments into political offices and also claimed those who managed to secure juicy positions are being persecuted and harassed by the administration.
It should be recalled that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki has been taken to court over theft and asset declaration by the code of conduct bureau and also being inducted by police for illegal arms supply in relation to the Offa Bank robbery where scores of persons including nine policemen where killed.