Feelers from the presidency on Wednesday showed that President Muhammadu Buhari may not honour the invitation by the House of Representatives to appear before it over the rising spate of insecurity in the country.
A presidency source told Daily Independent the planned meeting is “not on the president’s itinerary”.
Also, the Chief Whip of the House, Muhammed Monguno, confirmed this in a telephone interview on Wednesday.
He said the president’s change of mind may not be unconnected to alleged plot by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) caucus in the Green Chamber to embarrass him.
The caucus met Tuesday night behind closed doors but the outcome of the meeting was not made public.
Though the president had earlier given Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, his words, it was gathered that governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had urged him to shelve his scheduled appearance.
The APC governors prevailed on the president not to visit the National Assembly as a result of the uncertainty surrounding the actions of the PDP lawmakers who had earlier declared the president incapacitated and called for his impeachment.
The governors were also said to be concerned because their state Houses of Assembly may want to take the opportunity to harass them by seeking frequent appearances.