APC Senate factions unite at meeting with Saraki, spokesperson says

Bukola Saraki

Rival groups of the All Progressives Congress Senate Caucus held a meeting Monday night at the Maitama, Abuja residence of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his spokesperson said.

The meeting marked the first time Mr. Saraki would host a united APC caucus since the Senate was inaugurated in June 2015.

Following Mr. Saraki’s emergence against the wish of the APC leadership, senators on the platform of the ruling party were polarised along the lines of loyalty and opposition to the former Kwara Governor.

But at Monday’s meeting, the two factions “held what can be called a successful unity caucus meeting in which members forgot their differences and discussed issues affecting Nigeria, the federal legislature and the fortune of their party,” a statement by Mr. Saraki’s spokesperson, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said.

Mr. Olaniyonu said the meeting had in attendance “over 50” Senators.

“The meeting was held preparatory to the resumption of the Red Chamber of the federal legislature today, Tuesday and took place about the same time the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) senators also had their own caucus meeting at another venue under the leadership of Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

“What surprised many was the convivial atmosphere as senators discussed freely and after the meeting exchanged jokes and engaged in banters and back-slapping,” he said.

During the meeting, Mr. Olaniyonu continued, the APC senators discussed the proposed debate on the economic recession which will be spear-headed by Mr. Saraki during Tuesday’s plenary and agreed that members should take leadership in the efforts to find solution to the economic crisis.

He added, “The senators also noted that by the end of next year, election issues will be very dominant in the polity and that there was need for the Senate to fast-track debates and passage of key bills before the time when partisan engagements will divert the attention of senators.

“They agreed that they should persuade their colleagues to always endeavour to be prompt at plenary so that sitting would always commence early and that the Senate should engage with the executive on the implementation of constituency projects as a way of spreading federal presence to the nooks and crannies of the country.”

The senators also discussed ways to manage the image and public perception of the National Assembly, he said.

“They resolve to fast-track the passage of bills, motions, public hearings, oversight, committee work and other legislative activities so as to ensure the Senate achieves more before its tenure will expire.”

The meeting may have created a new chapter in the relationship between APC senators. The ruling party has a majority of 60 Senators in the 109-member chamber.

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  • Etta Vincent Osang

    This na wash…..WASH WASH we now know better rogues of first order!!!

  • donMe$$i

    APC…UNITED IN KWAROPSHUN.

  • Truth Justice Equity

    Tinubu have failed ,saraki is the winner. To God be the glory.Say no to hypocrisy and deceit.

    • J.J.Jones

      @truthjusticeequity:disqus

      APC is the worst scam in Nigerian history, finessed by Muslims under the guise of CHANGE,

      to dupe supposedly educated Yoruba Christians into becoming wild broom wavers for Islamist Jihad.

      • Aaaapeecee

        WHERE DID BUKOLA SARAKI EARN 65 MILLION DOLLARS HE DEPOSITED IN PANAMA,
        WHILST WORKING FULL TIME AS PUBLIC SERVANT ON MONTHLY SALARY IN NIGERIA?

        BUKOLA SARAKI CANNOT ANSWER THAT SIMPLE QUESTION TILL TODAY AFTER HE
        LIED AND SAID IT BELONGS TO TOYIN OJORA’s FATHER – A FALSE STATEMENT WHICH
        THE PANAMA MONEY-LAUNDERING LAWYERS HAVE DENIED IN A PRESS STATEMENT.

        • Mufutau Abdul-Yakeen

          Gentleman, I have the following questions for you and want you to answer it sincerely. The questions are:
          Why is it Bukola alone that you are writing about? Why do they come about those findings after he got what he wanted and worked for? What was the duty of security operatives before Bukola became Senate President? How will you feel if you distroyed your political party, ensure your desired party win your own party, you were able to get a position in your new party and some members of the winning party do not allow you to rest? What is the difference between Corruption and Ingratitude?

      • Mufutau Abdul-Yakeen

        Please stop this for it may mislead so many Nigerians who do not know that the Vice President, CBN Governor and Finance Minister are the people managing our economy and they are Christians while Muslims do not complain. Thanks for airing your views but please stop dividing Nigerians.