The absence of the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives was notable at the last National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held at the Presidential Villa on Thursday. However, according to a statement from his aide, the Speaker was not in the country as the letter of invitation from the APC arrived too late.
C.I.D Madabum, Deputy Chief if Staff to the Speaker revealed this in a letter to the party.
“I am directed to acknowledge your letter dated 14th August, 2018 but received on 27th August 2018 inviting His Excellency, Speaker, House of Representatives to the meeting of the APC national executive committee (NEC) scheduled to hold on 30th August, 2018,” the letter read.
“I am further directed to most respectfully inform you that His Excellency, the honourable speaker, is regrettably out of the country at the moment and would therefore be unable to attend.
“Please convey the sincere regrets of His Excellency, the Honourable Speaker to Mr. President and all the leaders of the party as he wishes all a successful deliberation at the meeting.
“Please accept as always the highest consideration and best wishes of his Excellency, the speaker, house of representatives.”
The Speaker is widely believed to be ready to decamp to the opposition People’s Democratic Party.