James Emejo in Abuja
Following widespread speculations of possible mass defection by some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC ) Caucus in the House of Representatives to the Reformed APC, the leader of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Thursday summoned an emergency meeting of the group to reassure members.
Sources had hinted on a likely mass defection yesterday but which was reportedly shifted till next week
Gbajabiamila was reluctant to disclose the agenda of the meeting, which commenced at about 3.30 p.m and ended at about 5.19 p.m.
The Speaker of the House, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, who had presided over yesterday’s plenary session and announced the meeting himself, did not attend, neither did his Deputy, Hon. Yussuff Lassun, who was in Osun State to pursue his gubernatorial ambition.
Also, APC members from Oyo, Benue and Kwara States were visibly absent.
When confronted with the purported threat of a mass defection by members, the House Leader, looking seemingly unruffled, said: “ I don’t dwell on rumours, I dwell on reality. Let that reality come first. There is no fire on the mountain, not at all.”
However, it was gathered that the endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari by the caucus formed one of the cardinal objectives of the meeting. But the consensus was deferred till after they would have met the president on the matter.
Gbajabiamila, at yesterday’s plenary gave pointers to the fact that there was no longer strong cordial working relationship between him and the Speaker, when he appeared to subtly protest the fact that even though he had been away from the chamber for about 10 days, he never received a call from Dogara and key members of the green chamber on his whereabouts.
He said nobody seemed to know anybody in view of the latest political developments-a veiled reference to the defection moves.