$29.9 Bn: After Meeting with Osinbajo, Saraki, Governors Leave Aso Rock on Disagreeing Note

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday met with Senate President Bukola Saraki, House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, and some All Progressives Congress governors for several hours at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Details of the meeting were not immediately known but sources said it might have centered on the $29.9 billion external loan request by President Muhammadu Buhari. The meeting was said to be ironing out the grey areas in the borrowing plan.

Among the governors at the meeting were the Chairman of the Governors Forum and Zamfara State Governor Yari, Chairman, APC Governors’ Forum and Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola and Niger State Governor Bello.

The meeting was holding as President Buhari was leaving the country for Morocco to attend the conference on Climate Change holding in that country.

Speaking with State House Correspondents, Senate President Saraki said the meeting deliberated on issues of national governance and coordination. He did not elaborate.


Governors also refused to entertain journalists questions. But the governors appeared not to be on the same page on the matter as they were seen on a Channels Television news footage arguing with each other as they were leaving Osinbajo’s office.

The governors said the Office of the Vice President would issue a statement on the meeting but up till press time on Monday night, the office had not done so.

The Senate had initially rejected the President’s request for the loan, saying he did not attach details of the borrowing plan to it.

President Buhari and Saraki had met three times over the issue in the last two weeks since the Senate rejected the loan request.

Saraki had reportedly explained that the Senate was not opposed to the president’s request but would approve it if represented with the details of the borrowing plan.



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