Senate leader, Muhammed Ali Ndume has said his recent visits to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja and the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu was unconnected with the leadership crisis rocking the Senate.
According to him, the issue of leadership tussle had already been settled by the Senate and they were now focused on supporting the Buhari-led administration to tackle the various problems confronting the nation, Nigerian Tribune reports.
Speaking on Thursday, August 27, Ndume said his visits should not attract undue attraction, as his duties as the leader of the 8th Senate included presenting all government’s bills to the presidency.
“In fact, I am supposed to be at the Villa almost everyday. My going to Villa is not supposed to be a big deal.
“Of course I go to the Villa frequently, because we compare notes on bills that are going to come, including on these relationships,” he said.
The senator stated that Buhari and Tinubu were his mentors in politics and his visit to them was not strange.
“We have been with this president hoping for his presidency from 2003 in APP before it became ANPP. So, I am not a stranger to Buhari. I have been visiting him in Kaduna occasionally to interact with him.
“I have been going there before now for the past 12 years. So, my going to the Villa is not a new thing and so also is my visit to Tinubu. He is one of the people I respect and appreciate,” he added.
According to him, nothing should individual senators from visiting the president and having personal discussions with him in the Presidential Villa.
Ndume was said to have met Tinubu on how to reconcile Senate President Bukola Saraki and members of the Unity Forum, led by Senator Ahmed Lawan.