The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress of Nigeria (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu and former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, were conspicuously absent at a meeting of the party’s ‘G-19’ members with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night.
The parley held at the First Lady Wing of the State House, Abuja but the agenda was not made known to the press.
It was, however, gathered that it was not unconnected with outstanding appointments into some government offices, especially parastatals, which party loyalists are expected to benefit from, as well as the reconstitution of APC’s Board of Trustees.
At the meeting were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Babacir Lawal, National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Governors Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara) and Rochas Okorocha (Imo).
There were also Senate Leader, Mohammed Ali Ndume, Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, APC National Deputy Chairman (South), Segun Oni, Prince Tony Momoh, Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, among others.
At the end of the three-hour meeting in the early hours of Thursday, the participants declined interviews with State House correspondents.