Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and his deputy, Yusuf Lasun, were conspicuously absent at the 6th National Executive Council meeting of the All Progressive Congress, currently taking place at the party secretariat,Abuja.
Though not a member of NEC, National leader of the APC, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, came briefly and left.
APC’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, informed the NEC members that both legislators sent in letters apologising for their inability to make the meeting.
Before they went into closed door session to deliberate and take resolutions on an appropriate primary system to adopt in selecting candidates for the 2019 general elections, Oshiomhole stylishly recognised Senator Ahmed Lawal, Senate Majority leader as Senate President.
He did this while observing protocols, saying, “Senate President, well in the absence of the Senate President, the Senate leader, Senator Ahmed Lawal can stand in.”
The APC chairman also gave account of his stewardship in the last two months in Office, saying under his watch the party clinched victory at the Ekiti gubernatorial election, including the bye-elections that took place in Bauchi and Katsina.
Oshiomhole however appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to show more commitment in addressing genuine grievances that may have spurred some members of the party to defect.
He described most of the defectors as conservatives, who could not stand the wave of change brought about by the progressives.