Senate President Bukola Saraki was yesterday absent during meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Senate caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The meeting, which started around 10.03pm at the Presidential Villa, was attended by 42 Senators, the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, among others.
After the lawmakers introduced themselves journalists were excused.
Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina said the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, would speak on behalf of his colleagues and that the president would respond.
There was a mild drama when Senator Lanre Tejuoso (Ogun) arrived at the venue of the meeting. During introduction, he told the president that “Your son has returned home”. Tejuoso was one of the senators who announced their defection from APC to PDP on Tuesday.
The senators in attendance are: Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa), Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi), Kabiru Gaya (Kano), Adamu Aliero (Kebbi), Ibrahim Gobir (Sokoto), Andy Uba (Anambra), Andrew Uchendu (Rivers), Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (Niger), Shehu Sani (Kaduna), Mustapha Sani (Niger), Soji Akanbi, Jibrin Barau (Kano), Solomon Adeola (Lagos), John Enoh (Cross River), Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos) and Kabiru Marafa (Zamfara).
Others are Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai (Borno), Fatima Raji- Rasaki (Ekiti), Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta), Hope Uzodinma (Imo), Benjamin Uwajumogu (Imo), George Akume (Benue), Abdullahi Gumel (Jigawa), Yusuf Yusuf, Ali Ndume (Borno), Sabo Nakudu (Jigawa), David Umaru (Niger), Abu Ibrahim (Katsina), Abubakar Kyari (Borno), Gbenga Ashafa, Magnus Abe (Rivers), Nelson Effiong (Akwa Ibom), Ibrahim Kurfi (Katsina), among others.
Senator Ahmad Sani Yarima (Zamfara), and Senate Chief Whip Olusola Adeyeye (Osun) were among absent at the meeting.