President Muhammadu Buhari And APC Members Of House Of Representatives Fail To Reach Compromise At A Meeting To Resolve The Logjam At The Lower Chamber
Peace still eluded the House of Representatives as a meeting summoned by President Muhammadu Buhari aimed at resolving issues that had the lower chamber down since inauguration on June 4, failed to reach any compromise. The meeting was deadlocked though parties resolved to meet later for another round of negotiations.
Leaders of factions to the dispute, despite meeting with President Buhari, stood their grounds yesterday insisting that the status quo be allowed to remain. President Buhari had in the meeting, which lasted for about 20 minutes, urged the lawmakers to meet with the leadership of the APC to fashion out ways of resolving the dispute.
The president had maintained his resolve not to interfere with internal processes of the legislature. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, while speaking on the outcome of the meeting with President Buhari, described it as a “family meeting” insisting that “I believe that by this night, there will be compromise.
“We are still talking. But I think this is the first time everybody coming together in a cordial atmosphere.” Asked what Magic the party will use to sway members decision in his Favour, he noted that “It is not about magic, this is a family that has come together and we are here to resolve the problem and we shall move ahead to resolve the issue this evening”, he said
Party Chairman, Chief John Odigie- Oyegun, while also speaking on the outcome of the meeting, assured that the nation will get good news by tomorrow.” You will be very surprised that a lot was achieved in 20 minutes” He noted that as Chairman of the party, he was sure that there will be a “compromise as everybody came out smiling”.
“I have a feeling in another three four hours we will meet to iron out our differences, and by tomorrow, we will have come to a compromise and have good news for the nation”, he said.
Reacting to whether the meeting was not coming late, he stated that “it is never too late to straighten the party”. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, in his eaction, said he had “always stood by the party” adding that “I have always stood firmly by the party and like my Chairman has just explained, we are going to do consultations with the party and I am sure sooner than later, we will have good news for Nigerian”.
Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas, Deputy Chairman of the House Media Committee while addressing State House Correspondents after the meeting said the President appealed to the lawmakers to meet with the party leadership and revert back to President Buhari.
But The Union gathered that members were disposed to maintaining the status quo, insisting that every part of the country must be represented in the leadership of the National Assembly.
Some of the members insisted that it will not be fair for the party to impose its position on the House. Deputy Speaker of the House of Representative, Hon. Yusuf Suleiman Lasun had insisted that he will not resign saying his people and his state, Osun has contributed its own quota to the growth of All Progressive Congress (APC).
But some of the lawmakers loyal to Hon. Gbajabiamila insisted that “heads will roll in the House tomorrow should the Speaker refuse to toe the party line”. As at the time of filing in this report, the meeting has shifted to the APC office as all the parties move to work out a compromise.
-Tony Ailemen, Abuja