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A meeting called by President Muhammadu Buhari to end the leadership tussle among members of his party in the House of Representatives ended in a stalemate yesterday.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are in crisis over the election of new leaders. Both chambers have been unable to sit for more than four days since the assembly was inaugurated on June 9. Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) won control of the National Assembly after the 28 poll, but its members have been factionalised since the election of Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker respectively. Both Saraki and Dogara defied their party to contest the election and won with the help of the opposition PDP.

The APC leadership presented a list of members to be appointed as principal officers in both chambers as a way of restoring unity and peace in the party. But the request was turned down by Saraki and Dogara.

The legislators are reconvening today but there was little indication yesterday that the crises in the two chambers are over.

The meeting President Buhari had with the House members lasted 20 minutes. 

APC National Chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who attended the meeting with his deputy Segun Oni and party’s spokesman Lai Mohammed, also confirmed yesterday that the party would have another meeting outside the Villa in another four hours to resolve the crisis.

Oyegun expressed optimism that by today, a compromise would have been reached on the impasse.
“You will be very surprised that a lot was achieved in 20 minutes. I have a feeling that in another three or four hours and by tomorrow, we will have come to a compromise and have good news for the nation”, he said. 

Speaker Yakubu Dogara told journalists that he and other APC lawmakers would go into another consultation with the party later yesterday.

He said: “I have always stood firmly by the party and like my chairman has just explained, we will go to do consultations with the party and I am sure sooner than later, we will have good news for Nigerians”.

Also, Gbajabiamila said he believed that a compromise would be reached at another meeting with the party later last night.

“This was a family meeting. I believe that by this (last) night, there will be compromise. We are still talking. But I think this is the first time everybody is coming together in a cordial atmosphere.