Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday said that the kind of leadership provided by Senate President Bukola Saraki is the reason why the National Assembly is not in chaos.
According to Jonathan, the tremendous support being enjoyed by Saraki from lawmakers in both the Senate and the House testifies well about 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,” Jonathan said when Saraki visited him at his Maitama Office in Abuja to pay his respect to the ex-president and also inform him of his formal return to the Peoples Democratic Party.
The Senate President since his return to the PDP has been visiting party leaders. He also visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo earlier this month.
“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.”
Saraki who is one of the founding members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), dumped the APC for his former party PDP.