The Senator representing Oyo North senatorial district, Senator Fatai Buhari was absent as President Muhammadu Buhari met with senators of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the State House villa, Abuja on Wednesday.
InsideOYO.com could not ascertian why Senator Fatai did not attend the meeting at a time the party is facing defections ahead of 2019 election. Although, recalled that insideOYO.com earlier reported that Senator Buhari alongside Senator Soji Akanbi visited the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi Tuesday night where they both pledged loyalty to the party.
About 42 Senators attended the meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, including Senator Adesoji Akanbi, representing Oyo South senatorial district.
There are three senators from Oyo representing Oyo state at the Senate, one of them, Senator Monsura Sunmonu, representing Oyo North has already pitched tent with the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
Ahmad Lawan, senate majority leader, led his colleagues to the meeting, which had Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the party; Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation; Abba Kyari, chief of staff to the president in attendance.
Lanre Tejuosho, senator representing Ogun central, was also at the meeting. He is among those listed to have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The senators who visited Buhari introduced themselves. When it got to the turn of Tejuoso, he added: “Mr. President, your son is back home.”
This elicited laughter among his colleagues and the president.
However, Tejuosho made it clear that he was still making consultations on which political party to align himself with.
Some of the lawmakers present were Adamu Aleiro, Bala Ibn Na-Allah, Aliyu Wamako, Ibrahim Gobir, Kabiru Marafa, Abu Ibrahim, Kabiru Gaya, Barau Jibrin, Abdullahi Gumel, Shehu Sani, Ahmed Lawan, Ali Ndume, Abubakar Kyari, Baba Kaka Garbai, Aliyu Abdullahi, David Umaru, and Abdullahi Adamu.
Others were George Akume, Francis Alimekhina, Andrew Uchendu, Magnus Abe, Ovie Omo-Agege, John Enoh, Nelson Effiong, Andy Uba, Sunny Ugboji, Hope Uzodinma, Ben Uwajimogu, Yusuf Yusuf, Oluremi Tinubu, Gbenga Ashafa, Solomon Adeola, Tayo Alasoadura, Soji Akanbi, Ajayi Boroface, Yele Omogunwa, Fatima Rasaki, Olanrewaju Tejuoso, Yahaya Abdullahi.
The senators absent were Tuani Kaura, Sani Yerima, Umaru Kurfi, Sabo Muhammed, Bukar Abba Ibrahim, Mustapha Mohammed, Danjuma Goje, Binta Garba, Ahmed Abubakar, Gbolahan Dada, Babajide Omowarare, Fatai Buhari and Olusola Adeyeye.