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Lawal, Dogara meet Wike, a day after Northern Christian leaders condemn APC Muslim-Muslim Ticket

Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, and former Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara on Saturday met with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike in his private residence. 

Lawal and Dogara, who are allies of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), met behind closed doors with Wike, who participated in the last presidential primary of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and emerged second behind Atiku Abubakar, at his private residence in Rumueprikom, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of the State.

The meeting is coming a day after Northern Christian leaders who are members of the APC held a summit in Abuja where they restated their opposition to the Party’s Muslim-Muslim Presidential ticket and vowed that northern Christians will not vote for APC. 

Speaking with journalists after the meeting, Dogara explained that their visit was in their bid to build an all-inclusive Nigeria.

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“Everyone agrees with us that Governor Wike is one of those indispensable political leaders. For us, it is a search to build an all-inclusive Nigeria. So we feel that as part of the agenda setting, we should meet with him and that is the reason why we are here. And for the rest, whatever it is, maybe in the future we can discuss that.”

Similarly,  Lawal explained that their mission was a brotherly visit to the governor of Rivers State.

“We came to visit our brother. He (Wike)  is our brother. So, every now and then, the Bible enjoins you to visit one another. That is what we just did.”

Lawal said the interaction with the Rivers State governor had nothing to do with the meeting some northern leaders held in Abuja on Friday.

“No, there are many things in the world for which you need to visit a brother, so there is nothing to do with our meeting in Abuja.”

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