Top PDP lawmakers conspicuously absent as Buhari finally meets NASS leadership (photos)

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– The highly anticipated meeting between principal leaders of the National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari finally took place on Thursday night

– The legislative delegation was led by Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara; however, top PDP lawmakers were conspicuously absent from the meeting

– The agenda of the meeting hasn’t yet been made public

President Muhammadu Buhari met with principal officers of the National Assembly on Thursday night, March 15, at the First Lady Conference Hall, Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting comes following four previous failed attempts for the legislators to meet with the presidency, Vanguard reports.

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However, gathers that only one of the eight principal officers from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attended the meeting.

The legislative delegation was led by Bukola Saraki, president of the Senate and Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the House of Representatives. All other principal officers from the All Progressives Congress (APC) were present; while Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy president of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, the Senate minority leader, and Leo Ogor, the minority leader in the House of Representatives were noticeably absent.

Buhari finally meets with NASS leadership

President Buhari shakes Senate President Bukola Saraki as Hon Yakubu Dogara looks on (Photo credit: Vanguard)

The other principal leaders who attended the meeting were Deputy Speaker Lasun Yusuf, Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan, House Leader Femi Gbajabiamila, Senator Sola Adeyeye, Senate Minority Whip Philip Aduda, House Chief Whip Al-Hassan Dogowa, and Deputy Whip Pally Iriase.

On the part of the presidency, those who attended the meeting alongside President Buhari include Chief of Staff Abba Kyari, Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu and Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang.

Buhari finally meets with NASS leadership

The president locks hands with Hon Dogara (Photo credit: Vanguard)

The agenda of the meeting hasn’t yet been made public; however, it was gathered that the frosty relationship between the two arms of government, the 2018 budget, 2019 election sequence, Peace Corp bill, as well as security issues may likely have dominated the discussions.

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Recall that previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari was expected to meet with the principal officers of both chambers of the National Assembly on Thursday, March 15.

The development was confirmed by the senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly matters, Senator Ita Enang.

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