Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the House of Representatives, expressed his position on the lingering National Assembly crisis after the July 27 resolution meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
It should be noted that the Monday encounter aimed at solving the problem, reportedly ended in a deadlock. The conflict has persisted since the recent election of NASS leadership, when Dogara emerged speaker of the House despite the fact that Femi Gbajabiamila was a preferred candidate of the All Progressives Congress.
One of the officials who attended the meeting said that Buhari had ordered lawmakers to resolve the crisis within the next six hours, before the Tuesday plenary resumption.
Commenting on the meeting outcome, Dogara, who has been perceived as a rebel by many, insisted that he had always stood by his party, PM News reports.
“I will always be by the party. There has never been a time that I never stood firmly by the party. So, like my chairman has explained, we are going to do it in consultation with the party and I’m sure that sooner than later we will have good news for Nigerians.”
Gbajabiamila, on his part, described the meeting as fruitful and also expressed optimism that the dispute would be ended by Tuesday. The politician noted that for the first time since the incident the contending groups in the House had gathered in a cordial atmosphere.