President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja met separately, behind closed doors, with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
The President first met with the Speaker before meeting the Senate President for about 40 minutes each.
The Newsroom learnt the two meetings were part of efforts to address the seeming strain relationship between the Presidency and the National Assembly.
In addition, the meetings also discussed the progress reports on the 2017 budget proposal, Senate’s amendment of the Electoral Act and other national issues.
The two Presidential Aides for National Assembly Matters for the Senate and House of Representatives, Ita Enang and Kawu Sumaila, respectively, were earlier sighted going into the President’s office.
The Senate President and the Speaker, who both spoke to State House correspondents after the meetings, said they had “routine consultation’’ with the President.
Saraki said the relationship between the two arms of government was cordial.
“The relationship is very cordial, you cannot examine (the National Assembly) by one or two issues. That is the point I’m making. You cannot examine (the relationship) based on NDDC or examine it based on EFCC.
“We have other issues like the Ministerial (names) we are going to work on and the amnesty we will soon work on. We have the budget that is more important, we have INEC, we have PIB, we have so many things and I think it is a mixture of all that that should guide us.
“So, don’t let us overheat the polity.’’
On the six months suspension of Ali Ndume by the Senate, Saraki said he had no power to recall him as being advocated by some individuals and groups.