Former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, embattled Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambawal and All Progressives Congress (APC) governors were absent at the National Council of State meeting when it commenced at 11.35 a.m yesterday.
Tambuwal’s security aides were withdrawn 48 hours after he defected from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to APC last week and he had since challenged the withdrawal of the security aides in court.
This was just as the APC caucus in the House of Representatives obtained an injunction from an Abuja High Court stopping the PDP caucus from reconvening the House until December 3.
Even before his current travails, Tambuwal was not known to attend the council of state meeting but General Buhari had attended a couple of times.
While the president serves as the chairman and the vice president serves as the deputy chairman of the council, other members are former presidents and heads of state; former Chief Justices of Nigeria, president of the Senate, speaker of the House of Representatives, state governors, minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the Attorney General of the Federation.
Those at the meeting yesterday were former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Shehu Shagari; former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, and former head of interim national government, Ernest Shonekan.
Also at the meeting were the Senate President, David Mark, former Chief Justices of Nigeria, Idris Kutigi and Mohammadu Uwais; National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke.
The governors at the meeting when it commenced were those of Abia, Ekiti, Enugu, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Niger, Cross Rivers, Kogi, and Ebonyi as well as deputy governor of Katsina State.