Barely four days after his defection, immediate past House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara on Monday led some members of the House to the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni for likely defection talks.

Buni, who met with the delegation at his home in Abuja, said the doors of the APC were open to more progressive-minded leaders.

The session was held behind closed doors between 1 p.m and 2 p.m.

The Federal lawmakers, who accompanied Dogara, included Danjuma Usman Shidda (APGA, Taraba State), Sam Izuigbo (Anambra); Hembe Hembe (Benue) and a former member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, simply introduced as Alhaji Saidu.

A source, who spoke in confidence, said: “Dogara had a robust session with the delegation, which bordered on the incoming defection of some members of the House of Representatives from various parties to the APC.

“There were indications at the meeting that some respected members of the National Assembly from Bauchi State will soon join Dogara in APC. The talks on Monday also touched on their likely shift from PDP to APC.

“The APC chairman said the party is not imposing any conditions for the defection; instead, it will give a sense of belonging to old and new members.”

It was learnt that after the meeting, the delegation and Buni retired to a private location in Wuse 2, Abuja, to meet another group.


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