Buhari, Modu-Sheriff in secret meeting
By Chika Otuchikere
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday had a secret meeting with the former caretaker committee chairman of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and former Borno State governor, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Sheriff who arrived at the Presidential Villa about 2.40pm was ushered into the President’s office where the meeting took place.
It was the first time Sheriff will be meeting with Buhari since he was ousted as PDP’s caretaker committee’s chairman.
Sheriff in September 17, 2017 had met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa on while the President was away on medical vacation.
The former PDP chairman had last month attempted to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), but was directed by the party’s chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, to do so at his ward.
On Wednesday night, Buhari had hosted the South West Caucus of the APC to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Those present at the new Banquet Hall were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, APC National Leader and former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande, and Odigie-Oyegun.
Others were the Minister of Mines and Steel Development and APC flag-bearer in the forthcoming Ekiti State gubernatorial race, Kayode Fayemi, and ex-governor of Ekiti State, Segun Oni.
Governors at the meeting were Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, who was the chairman of APC Ekiti guber primaries committee.