Osinbajo, Saraki, Atiku, Tinubu, Oyegun, Other APC Leaders In 4-Hour Meeting To Move Party Forward
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on today hosted top leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to a crucial meeting, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting, which is the first of its kind, is taking place while President Muhammadu Buhari is away in Saudi Arabia on official trip.
The meeting which lasted about four hours started at about 11am and ended at about 2.40pm local time. iReports-ng.com gathered that the agenda of the meeting was a broad one, which covers issues relating to the funding of the party, the need to start implementation of the party’s manifesto and get the government move faster before losing the goodwill that has sustained it thus far.
Those in attendance included a leader of the party; Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun; Senate Leader, Ali Ndume; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal; and a former interim chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande.
Others at the crucial meeting were the party’s Deputy National Chairman, Segun Oni; Chief Tony Momoh; Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu; Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madubere; and the Special Adviser to the Vice President on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu.
Saraki had arrived at about 12.30pm when the meeting was already underway. Those who participated in the meeting refused to talk to State House correspondents. Ojudu told reporters at the end of the meeting that participants would not grant interviews. He however promised that the Office of the Vice President would issue a statement later.
He said, “The meeting was just a meeting of party chiefs. It does not require that we should have an elaborate discussion with you. So, you should allow them to go freely on their own without being asked to come and grant interviews. But the Office of the Vice President will issue a short statement on the meeting later. What we are saying is that it was just a consultative meeting of selected party leaders on party matters and other issues.”
On whether the meeting was meant to address the crisis of confidence among some of the party leaders, Ojudu said, “No, nothing like that.” The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, later issued a two-paragraph statement on the meeting.
The statement reads “Select leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, drawn from the party’s National Headquarters, the legislative and executive arms of government had a consultative meeting on issues affecting the party and the nation.
“The meeting, which held at the Vice President’s conference room, was very useful and resourceful towards achieving the goals of the party and the government.”