TALKS between the Presidency and members of the aggrieved new Peoples Democratic Party (n PDP) have been suspended.
Members of the group are alleging that Senate President Bukola Saraki is being persecuted. They claim also that security aides of the National Assembly’s principal officers have been withdrawn.
The nPDP said it was also angered by the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership to go ahead with the ratification of all the congresses from wards, local governments, states and zones where many of its members had complaints.
It alleged that the Presidency was not interested in the talks and might have been negotiating in bad faith.
The group described the prevailing political environment in the country as “fouled and toxic”.
Based on the alleged infractions, the nPDP said it might not be available for talks unless good faith returns to the discussions.
The scheduled session of all the parties in Abuja yesterday was aborted as a result of the protest.
The decision of the nPDP was contained in a statement by its chairman, Alh. Abubakar Kawu Baraje.
The statement said: “The public may recall that there have been ongoing talks between members of the former nPDP, the APC and the Presidency in recent days.
“Nigerians may further recall that a team from the former nPDP led by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and four others, were to meet with the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo today.