Saraki, Tambuwal, Wike, Ortom, Secondus, meet in Ilorin

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, met yesterday in Ilorin, Kwara state, with National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus and other high ranking members of the opposition party in what was seen as a further step towards his possible return to the PDP.

Others who attended the meeting included former Jigawa state governor and PDP presidential hopeful, Alhaji Sule Lamido, Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, Sokoto state governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwa, his Benue state counterpart, Samuel Ortom, governor Abdulfattah Ahmed of Kwara as well as Mr. Kola Ologbodiyan, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP.

The meeting came after some of the dignitaries had taken part in the eighth-day fidau prayers for Alhaja Aishat, mother of Alhaji Kawu Baraje, the former National Leader of the now-defunct new PDP.

Those who did not feature at the fidau but were present at the meeting included Tambuwal, Lamido, and Secondus.

No one was ready to shed light on the outcome of the meeting which took place at Saraki’s official home in Ilorin. The meeting lasted about one hour before the dignitaries departed to Abuja at about 4.05pm.

Saraki had on his return to Ilorin on Tuesday asked that he be not rushed on the issue of his speculated plan to defect from the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Earlier in the day Governor Ortom of Benue State had told newsmen that his meeting the national leadership of the APC will determine his next political move. He, however, explained that the final decision lies on his people who are more important to him.

Ortom disclosed this in Ilorin while speaking with newsmen shortly after his visit to the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed.

He said the Benue State APC had issued him red card and hoped that the national leadership of the party could reverse the decision, pointing out that the national leadership of the party is the larger body capable of upturning the decision of the state chapter.

Other dignitaries at the prayers included deputy national chairman of the APC (North), Lawan Shuaib and his South counterpart, Niyi Adebayo, Senators Barnabas Gemade, Shabba Lafiagi, members of the Kwara State House of Assembly, representatives of the Emir of Ilorin, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, members of the Kwankwansiya in the state, among others witnessed the occasion.

.new telegraph

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