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Senate President Bukola Saraki on Friday paid a visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo at his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State ostensibly to seek the help of the former president to help mend cracks in his party, APC over his emergence as number three citizen.
A source close to the meeting noted that the Senate President who was accompanied Senator Andy Ubah among others, was in Abeokuta to beg Obasanjo to also reconcile him with President Muhammadu Buhari and his party.
Mr. Saraki emerged as the president of the Senate against the decision of APC leaders. To make matters worse, he picked PDD’s Ike Ekweremadu as his deputy.
Sources said Saraki lamented to Obasanjo that although the party leaders said 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 Odigie-Oyegun, had abruptly cancelled a scheduled meeting with Senator Saraki last week without giving another appointment.
Likewise, it was also gathered that Saraki had tried severally to meet with President Buhari after his emergence, but was always denied audience.
Another source in the presidency informed Premium Times that the President was angry with Saraki and the management of the national assembly for going ahead with their election despite adequate knowledge of an invitation for a meeting with the federal legislators.
“The president considered it a mark of disrespect to his office for Saraki to ignore an invitation to meet with him and his colleagues,” our source said.
However, the spokesperson for the president, Garba Shehu, said the Senate president has never sought a meeting with Mr. Buhari since his election.
In his response to the Senate President’s lamentation, Mr. Obasanjo reportedly promised to do his best to “ensure communication between all parties”.
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”.
they not all your boys?”, our presidency source said.
Others on Saraki’s delegation were former governor of Gombe state, Danjuma Goje, former Zamfara governor, Ahmed Sani, and former Osun governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

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