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Tinubu, Saraki hold secret meeting in Kebbi State

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu and Senate President Bukola Saraki caused a stir yesterday when they laid aside their differences and exchanged pleasantries publicly and later went into a closed-door.

Guardian reported that after shaking hands at a book launch in honour of the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammadu Illiasu Bashar, the two went into a secret meeting, which lasted about an hour.

Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari(left); President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III and other dignitaries during the presentation and launch of books on the biography of the Emir of Gwandu, Maj, Gen. Muhammad Ilyasu Bashar, in Kebbi State, yesterday.

The report continues:

“Tinubu, who arrived the venue, Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin-Kebbi, alongside Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State in a Toyota Coaster at about 10:30 a.m., were seated before Saraki arrived in a separate vehicle.

“A mild drama played out as Saraki went straight to greet Tinubu, who was seated beside Bagudu, causing a stir in the crowd. Tinubu stood to greet him. This was followed by a tête-à-tête.”

President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by Masari at the event.

Saraki, who was chairman of the occasion, said he attended the book launch because of the relationship between the people of his constituency and Gwandu emirate.

He commended the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, for initiating the writing of books to foster understanding and knowledge in the country.

After the book launch, the duo of Tinubu and Saraki went into the meeting, details of which remain known to the two.

Prior to the event, Tinubu and Saraki have been known to be at daggers drawn over political differences.

The major outburst was the election of Saraki as the President of the eighth Senate against the annointed candidate of the party in 2015.

Consequently, the road between the two had been marred with political tides which at some point threatened the peace of the party, the APC.

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