Facts have emerged showing why Senate President Bukola Saraki led a delegation of Senators to meet former President Olusegun
Obasanjo at his
hilltop mansion, Abeokuta, Ogun state on Friday.
A source close to the meeting told PREMIUM TIMES that the Senate
President was in Abeokuta to beg Mr. Obasanjo to reconcile him with
President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress,
Mr. Saraki emerged as the president of the Senate against the
decision of APC leaders. He was also elected when most Senators from the
APC were at the International Conference Centre waiting to hold a
meeting with Mr. Buhari to discuss the election of the Senate president
and Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Our sources said Mr. Saraki lamented to Mr. Obasanjo that although
the party leaders have stated that they have accepted his emergence,
there was “complete communication breakdown between him, the president
and the party”.
The national chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, had abruptly cancelled
a scheduled meeting with Mr. Saraki last week without giving another
Likewise, we also gathered that Mr. Saraki had tried severally to
meet with Mr. Buhari after his emergence, but was always denied
Another source in the presidency informed us that the President was
angry with Mr. Saraki and the management of the national assembly for
going ahead with their election despite adequate knowledge of an
invitation for a meeting with Mr. Saraki and his colleagues.
“The president considered it as a mark of disrespect for his office
for Saraki to ignore an invitation to meet with him and his colleagues,”
our source said.
In his response to the Senate President’s lamentation, Mr. Obasanjo
reportedly promised to do his best to “ensure communication between all
However, the spokesperson for the president, Garba Shehu, said the
Senate president has never sought a meeting meeting with Mr. Buhari
since his election.
“I am not aware of any request for a meeting, the president would
have seen him, he represents a key institution in our democracy,” he
Calls to Mr. Saraki and his aide, Bamikole Omishore, were not answered.
Our source said the former president, in his usual jocular self, also
joked with the delegation, saying “ you children of nowadays only run
to elders when you have finished making the damage”.
Mr. Saraki and his entourage laughed.
A presidency official told PREMIUM TIMES President Buhari was aware of the the senate president’s visit to Mr. Obasanjo’s home.
The official said Messrs Buhari and Obasanjo are constantly in touch and regularly have telephone conversations.
The official said in one of their recent conversations, Mr. Obasanjo
informed Mr. Buhari that Mr. Saraki was leading a delegation of Senators
to his Abeokuta home.
“I overheard President Buhari laughing and saying to Mr. Obasanjo,
“you have to see them, are they not all your boys?”, our presidency
Among Mr. Saraki’s delegation include former governor of Gombe state,
Danjuma Goje, Senator Andy Uba, former Zamfara governor, Ahmed Sani,
and former Osun governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
Mr. Saraki and most members of his delegation are largely Mr.
Obasanjo’s “boys”, a term loosely used in describing the former
president’s staunch loyalists.
Source: Premium Times