Friday, 9 October 2015

Remi Tinubu finally addresses Saraki as ‘distinguished Senate President’

A Former Lagos First Lady and Wife of a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Oluremi Tinubu has addressed Dr. Bukola Saraki as “distinguished Senate President.
”This happened when she stood at Thursday’s plenary to speak for the first time at the eighth Senate.

The Tinubus are widely believed not to support the emergence of Saraki as senate president in June, and the defeat of Ahmed Lawan whom the APC hierarchy supported for the exalted position.

During her swearing in into the eighth Senate, the former Lagos First Lady was reported to have refused to shake hands with Saraki who shook hands with the other senators sworn in along with her.

The new development may be a signal of new things following the bitter upset the ruling party’s leadership endured over the refusal of Saraki to toe party’s directive in the election of senate leadership.

Meanwhile, the lawmaker who was making a contribution to the debate‎ on the legislative agenda of the upper chamber, urged her colleagues to avoid making mistakes that the Senate under the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, made.

According to her, “‎This is the first time Nigerians will vote against a ruling party to birth a new government. And looking at the agenda so far, I’m in the position to allow this new government to take root.

“I see us resisting things that did not work in the seventh senate‎. And since they didn’t work in the seventh senate why are we resisting them.

“Thank God they said they want to consider the national conference report, but it went through a lot of criticisms and scrutiny.

We as the APC then t‎hought it was a mere distraction. If we are going to do a new constitution, we should be given room to do that.

“I think this senate has an agenda, and that’s to give the people what they want.

Let us go back to our constituencies‎, and look at the needs of the common man.

Coming here, if we have to make laws to that effect, we should be given the room to do so,” Tinubu stated.




By: Sylvester Ugwuanyi

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