• Senate president opens campaign office in Abuja
Deji Elumoye in Abuja
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has lauded the leadership qualities of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
This is coming as the Senate President has opened a campaign office along Adetokunbo Ademola street in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja.
According to the former president, Saraki’s leadership qualities are exemplified in the firm and progressive direction he has provided for the National Assembly.
The ex-President who spoke when Saraki paid him a courtesy visit wednesday at his Maitama residence in Abuja, said the tremendous support being enjoyed by Saraki among lawmakers in the National Assembly testified to his leadership ability.
He thanked Saraki and members of his entourage for the visit, noting that most of those on the delegation had at one time or the other, played key roles in his political history and development.
“Senate President; let me use this opportunity to commend your leadership abilities. Looking at what is happening in the country, if not for your strong leadership, probably the National Assembly would have been in chaos and if the National Assembly is in tatters, then of course, democracy is gone.
“I am quite pleased with the kind of relationship you have with the House of Representatives’ members and how you have been able to hold the National Assembly together because on the day that the parliament was invaded, though the target was the Senate, the House of Representatives members were as active as, if not more active than, the Senators and that cannot happen by chance.
“What we know is that if there is an assault on the Senate. Then it is also seen as an assault on the House of Representatives. If they (House of Representatives members) don’t believe in you, I don’t think some of them would have taken that kind of risk. That commitment shows that they believe in your leadership”, he said.
Saraki had earlier said his visit was to pay his respect to the ex-president and also to inform him of his formal return to the fold of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said the present realities in the country had shown that all those who love the country must work together to return the country to the path of growth, fairness, equity and justice.
Meanwhile, Saraki has opened a campaign office along Adetokunbo Ademola Street in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja.
Sources further hinted that a Director-General and other campaign officers would, in a matter of days, be named by Saraki, and they will take full charge of his campaign office in readiness for the 2019 elections.