- Details of the meeting between Jonathan and Saraki have emerged
- The Senate president said the purpose of the meeting was to pay his respect to the ex-president and also to inform him of his formal return to PDP
- The ex-president also used the opportunity to commend Saraki, saying that his leadership ability is the reason why the National Assembly is not in chaos
Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday, August 29, commended Senate President Bukola Saraki for the kind of leadership he has provided for the National Assembly.
Jonathan spoke when the Senate president paid him a courtesy visit at his Maitama office in Abuja, Premium Times reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the ex-president said the tremendous support being enjoyed by Saraki from lawmakers in both the Senate and the House of Representatives testifies to his leadership ability.
“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 was quoted as saying in a statement by Saraki’s chief press secretary, Sanni Onogu.
Earlier, Saraki 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 that the present realities in the country show that all those that love the country must work together to return the country to the path of growth, fairness, equity and justice.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Saraki was said to be considering running against President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections.
According to Bloomberg, Saraki said in an interview at his residence in Abuja: "I am consulting and actively considering it. I believe I can make the change..."
The Senate president said if he decided to run, he would run on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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