John Alechenu, Abuja
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; and his deputy, Suleiman Lasun are conspicuously absent from the on-going National Executive Committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress.
The two are currently the highest ranking members of the party in the legislature, following the decision of the Senate President Bukola Saraki to dump the party to join the opposition.
Saraki’s deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, is a member of the PDP.
Although the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, related their apologies to the meeting, party watchers note that Dogara and Lasun are among top party leaders who have, at one point or another, voiced their displeasure with the happenings within the party.
Lasun was particularly unhappy with the direct method adopted for the Osun Governorship Primary, which he participated in and lost.
The APC NEC is expected to announce a decision as to whether this system will be adopted for subsequent primaries.