Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
Following the police summon on Sunday to the Senate President Bukola Saraki over his alleged involvement in the Offa bank robbery, members of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) have withdrawn from the reconciliatory talks with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the presidency.
The aggrieved group was scheduled to hold the second round of talks with the presidency and the party’s leadership on Monday to look into the details of their complaints and to find ways of addressing them.
Monday’s peace meeting was expected to have in attendance Vice-President Yemi Osibanjo, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, Deputy National Chairman (north) of the APC, Senator Lawan Shuaibu, while members of nPDP were to be led by the Speaker of the House Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.
However, the meeting did not hold as the leadership of nPDP boycotted it blaming its action on the alleged bad faith exhibited by the presidency and the leadership of the party.
The Chairman of the nPDP group, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, in a statement issued Monday, said the group cannot continue negotiations in a “fouled and toxic atmosphere and environment of intimidation and threat to life”.
Details to followâ€¦