nPDP cancels dialogue with Osinbajo, protests withdrawal of Saraki, Dogara security aides

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Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) have pulled out of the planned meeting with the federal government over the crisis rocking the ruling party.

Kawu Baraje, leader of the nPDP faction, disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday.

Accusing the government of President Muhammadu Buhari of being insincere, Baraje protested the withdrawal of some operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) from Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, the speaker.

TheCable had reported that half of the DSS operatives attached to Saraki and Dogara were withdrawn “without any reason”.

Saraki and Dogara are members of nPDP, the faction that broke away from the PDP in 2013 to team up with APC for the 2015 elections.

Baraje also cited the allegations levelled against Abdulfatah Ahmed, governor of Kwara state, also a member of the faction, and Saraki.

Some of the suspects who participated at the robbery in five commercial banks in Offa, Kwara, in April, were said to have alleged that they were thugs of Saraki and Ahmed.

But Baraje described this as a blackmail, wondering why the police made the matter public instead of consulting its members privately.

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