President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, met with 39 Senators of the All Progressive Congress (APC) with one Senator conspicuously missing.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, was absent at the meeting as Buhari met with the lawmakers barely a day after 14 senators previously in the APC defected to the rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday.
The meeting took place at First Lady conference room of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Angered by the siege laid on his residence and that of his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, by security operatives on Monday, Saraki refused to attend the meeting.
The meeting was part of plans by the leadership of the party to discuss the defections from the APC and address the grievances of the lawmakers.
There was a surprise appearance by Senator Lanre Tejuosho, as he had told his colleagues that he has returned home after announcing his defection from the party on Tuesday.
Led by Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan, the 42 present included 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.
Also present 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, and Yahaya Abdullahi.