Buhari meet with senators to stop a planned departure
President Muhammadu Buhari meet up with a few senators yesterday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja to speak with them and stop a planned departure.
There were worries that the ruling party might disintegrate as a result of the National Assembly primaries’ results. This is because a number of the current senators and deputies lose their seats.
7 APC senators switched to the rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), and there were rumours that Eighteen more senators were putting final touches on their decision to leave the party, which increased the anxieties.
The Current President of the party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, united some representatives of the National Working Committee, NWC, the party, which includes National Secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore, to a gathering with members of the Senate APC caucus last Wednesday to prevent the party’s control of the National Assembly from collapsing imminently.
The dissatisfied senators had vowed to leave the party over the results of the primaries in their states.
Orji Uzor Kalu, the delegation’s leader and Chief Whip of the Senate, claimed that the procedure had left the legislators feeling powerless.
The president assurance
The strength and electoral success of the APC would depend on member unity and the capacity to avert or remedy injustices, whether real or perceived. This was what Buhari told the party’s senators when they meet yesterday to stop the planned departure.
One of my main responsibilities as the party’s leader is to strengthen our culture of internal democracy and conflict resolution by giving members the chance to express their concerns, ideas, and grievances at various levels.
To guarantee unity, justice, and togetherness before the general elections in 2023, President Buhari gave his word that the democratic platform would continue the hearing and healing procedures.
The National Working Committee (NWC), according to the president, had heard certain members’ objections and had established procedures to address their numerous grievances.
He praised the senators for bringing up the idea of a conference to discuss the issues, which include the party’s future and finding answers to the problems created by the previous election-related activities, especially the primaries.
“Our meeting with Mr President was successful and the issue of decamping from our party has been laid to rest”. According to Vanguard News, Kalu, the ninth Senate’s Chief Whip, said this.