Muhammadu Buhari held the first official meeting with the National Assembly leadership since Bukola Saraki’s surprise emergence as the Senate president on June 9.
President Muhammadu Buhari officially met with the NASS leadership delegation led by the Senate president Bukola Saraki. It was the first official meeting between Buhari and the leaders of the National Assembly since June 9 when Bukola Saraki was controversially elected as the Senate president against the will of the ruling APC party.
The meeting indicates a possible reconciliation between Muhammadu Buhari and Bukola Saraki and the first step to the political resolution of the on-going NASS crisis. The NASS delegation consisted of 20 people including eight prominent PDP members occupying eight minority leadership positions in both houses of the NASS.
The main topics of discussion between Buhari and the leaders of the Senate and the House of representatives were the presidential candidates for ministerial positions in Buhari’s cabinet which is yet to be formed. Buhari wants to get full support of the lawmakers to confirm the nominees from the ministerial list, sent to the Senate earlier by Muhammadu Buhari.
In addition, the NASS delegates discussed with Buhari future approval of the 2015 supplementary budget.
“You know since the leadership tussle that rocked the National Assembly, there has not been opportunity for the president and leaders of the National Assembly to formally familiarise,” a source in the presidency told the press, disclosing another reason for the meeting.
Earlier the House of Representatives speaker Yakubu Dogara was authorised by a House resolution to meet with Buhari and find a political solution to the conflict between the president of Nigeria and the Senate president.
The emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki as the president of the Senate and Yakubu Dogara as the speaker of the House of Representatives three months ago was very unexpected for the APC ruling party and possibly influenced the ministerial list of President Buhari.
The Senate on Tuesday, October 6, began the reading of people in the ministerial list submitted to it by Buhari.
Saraki’s trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) began on September 22 in Abuja.
Responding to questions from Naij.com after the September 22 proceedings, the counsel to the federal government, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), said that if Saraki is found guilty by the court he can be banned from holding public office for ten years with assets he illegally acquired seized.
However, despite an alleged feud between Buhari and Saraki over his emergence as the Senate president contrary to the will of the APC, President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara were all present at the 55th Independence Day Celebration which was recently observed at the Presidential Villa.