nPDP talks with Presidency Dim As Police Withdraw Some Saraki, Dogara’s Security Details

Bukola Saraki, Nigeria's Senate President

Hopes of a rapprochement between the new Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, tendency and the All Progressives Congress, APC, were dimming Sunday night, following revelations of the withdrawal of some of the security details of Bukola Saraki, Senate President and Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The reported withdrawal of the security details followed mutterings on the part of the nPDP on the invitation of Saraki by the police over the Offa robbery incident.

The withdrawn security details, Vanguard learnt Sunday, had been asked to report to the office of the Department of State Services, DSS headquarters in Abuja.

National Assembly sources confirmed the development last night, though the exact number of those withdrawn could not be fully confirmed as at last night.

The DSS does not have a spokesperson, and the reasons for the reported withdrawal could not be confirmed last night.

The withdrawal of the details has raised further hitches to expectations of a reconciliation with the Presidency by the nPDP tendency in the APC.

The nPDP bloc had on May 9, 2018, issued a one-week ultimatum for talks with the Presidency over the alleged marginalisation of its members in the government which they claimed they helped to enthrone.

Following preliminary talks with party officials, the nPDP representatives, led by Senator Saraki, met with the Presidency team, led by the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, last Monday.

At that meeting, it was agreed that a follow-up meeting would hold today.

Speaker Dogara was expected to lead the nPDP bloc of five representatives.