Se­nate vs Pres­i­dency: Mark vis­its Aso Rock

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Aformer pres­i­dent of the Se­nate, Se­na­tor David Mark, yes­ter­day vis­ited Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari at the Aso Rock Pres­i­den­tial Villa in Abuja.

Both met be­hind closed-doors in­side the pres­i­dent’s of­fice for 45 min­utes.

Mark, who ar­rived the State House alone, was led into Buhari’s of­fice by the Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent on Na­tional As­sem­bly Mat­ters (Se­nate), Se­na­tor Ita Enang.

He later left the Pres­i­den­tial Villa with­out speak­ing to cor­re­spon­dents.

It was the first time Mark, a two-term se­nate pres­i­dent, vis­ited Buhari since the lat­ter as­sumed of­fice on May 29, 2015.

There was no of­fi­cial state­ment on what tran­spired at the meet­ing.

Sources how­ever hinted that the visit may be con­nected to the rift be­tween the se­nate and the pres­i­dency.

It was also gath­ered that Mark sought Buhari’s in­ter­ven­tion on the con­tin­ued killings in Benue State. Scores were re­cently killed when gun­men in­vaded Logo, Tu­ran, Mbag­ber, Yonov, Varser, Anyin and Tombo and in Logo and Ukum LGAs of the state de­spite as­sur­ances of govern­ment in­ter­ven­tion.

Mark had in a state­ment last Wed­nes­day by his me­dia aide Paul Mumeh, said: “Enough of the bloodbath, enough of this mas­sacre. This war is sense­less and need­less...It is time the fed­eral govern­ment stepped in to sal­vage this sit­u­a­tion. It has be­come too wor­ri­some and truly in­tol­er­a­ble.”

Zam­fara State Gover­nor Ab­du­laziz Yari was also at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa yes­ter­day to thank Buhari for com­mis­sion­ing some projects in the state last week, ac­cord­ing to a source.

The pres­i­dent later met with an­other for­mer pres­i­dent of the Se­nate, Ken Nna­mani and the gover­nor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari.

Gover­nor Masari was ac­com­pa­nied by a for­mer pres­i­dent of the Se­nate, Se­na­tor Nna­mani.

For­mer Se­nate Pres­i­dent David Mark dur­ing his visit to Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa yes­ter­day

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