Some loyalists of Senate President Bukola Saraki are beating a retreat in the lingering cold war with the All Progressives Congress (APC) hierarchy over the leadership crisis in the Red Chambers.
They have already reached out to President Muhammadu Buhari for the purpose of reconciling with him and, by extension, the party leadership. It was learnt that members of the peace team are also likely to meet with a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
However,the Saraki loyalists were said to have left the first meeting with Buhari “uncomfortable” on account of his body language.
Saraki and his loyalists had defied the party by rejecting its candidates for principal positions in the Senate. They shunned the June 9 meeting convened by the APC to resolve the matter and teamed up with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to elect their own candidates including Saraki as Senate President and PDP’s Ike Ekweremadu as his deputy.
The “peace team” ,according to sources,was led by Senate Leader Ali Ndume. Among those who accompanied him were Senators Adamu Aliero, Danjuma Goje, Kabiru Gaya and Abdullahi Adamu. Two of the Senators admitted last night that they were at the meeting. The others could not be reached.