Saraki Hosts Secondus, Tambuwal, Others In Ilorin
The chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, Rivers, Sokoto and Benue states governors, Nyesom Wike,Aminu Tambuwwal and Samuel Ortom respectively, converged at the private residence of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki shortly after attending the fidau of the mother of Alh Kawu Baraje in Ilorin, Kwara state. Former Jigawa state governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed of Kwara and Mr. Kola Ologbodiyan, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP were also at Saraki’s house. Though, the dignitaries were primarily in Ilorin to grace the fidau of Hajia Ayisat Omo Agba Baraje, the Senate President, it was learnt decided to host them to a lunche at his private residence. For Secondus, yesterday’s meeting was his second time of coming to Ilorin within five days. He had earlier visited the Baraje family house on Saturday where he warned against rigging in the now concluded gubernatorial poll in Ekiti state. When contacted over the purpose of the gathering ,Ologbodiyan said the ‘meeting’ cannot be said to be a conveyed meeting, and described it rather as a gathering of like minds. Saraki’s media aides also declined to speak on the issue other than to dismiss speculations about its purpose as they insisted it was merely for the fidau prayers. 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 Progressives Congress (APC). Earlier in the day, Governor Ortom of Benue State had told newsmen that his meeting with the national leadership of the APC slated for yesterday 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.