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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pressure on Jonathan to save Dimeji Bankole, Nafada

President Goodluck Jonathan is under pressure to save former Speaker Dimeji Bankole and his deputy, Bayero Nafada who are currently facing charges at the High Court for alleged fraud.
Speaker Aminu Tambuwal has met with Dr Goodluck Jonathan twice in the last 72 hours.
The “peace” meeting was said to have been at the instance of Senate President David Mark, whose plan is to put the seventh National Assembly on a sound footing, according to sources.

Many prominent Nigerians are mounting pressure on President Jonathan for a “political solution” to Bankole’s travails. They include many former and present members of the House, who are insisting that Bankole and Nafada are victims of politics.

The President, according to sources, met with the House leaders at the Presidential Villa on Monday and Tuesday.

A source, who pleaded not to be named because he is not permitted to speak to the media, said: “I think a rapprochement is in the offing between the President and the House leaders.

“Eminent Nigerians have intervened and they are already prevailing on Jonathan to overlook any political distortion which the emergence of Tambuwal would have caused.
“The new House leadership has also been humble in approaching the President informally at the Villa on Monday and Tuesday to resolve the crisis of confidence.
“Tambuwal and his deputy explained that they are not out to oppose the President in any manner. They also debunked allegations that those opposed to the President were behind their election.

“I think Jonathan may at the end of the day forgive these House leaders. The credit of the peace being brokered goes to the President of the Senate, who has been facilitating reconciliation at different levels.”

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