Reactions trailed the emergence of Sen. Bukola Saraki as the 8th Senate President and the election of other principal officers of the National Assembly.
In Ibadan, Oyo State, Sen. Lekan Balogun, a Chieftain of PDP, described the emergence of Saraki as the new Senate president as a good development for democracy.
He said “the leadership of the Senate is very important for the country’s politics.”
NAN reports that apart from Saraki, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu also emerged as Deputy Senate President respectively.
Balogun, who congratulated those that emerged, said “that means there will be no more yes men at the helm of affairs.”
Dr Gbade Ojo, former Special Assistant to Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State described the development in the Senate as a surprise.
But Moshood Erubami, the President of Voters Assembly, said that the development was good for democratic development.
He said “it is good news for political development in the country. It will allow democracy to take its full course.
“In the past, it was winner takes all, but now, both the opposition and the governing party have shared powers.”
He said that while Saraki’s leadership would be good for Senate, the emergence of Ekweremadu was a product of high wire politics.
Mr Kehinde Olaosebikan, a PDP Chieftain, said that the emergence of the Senate leaders followed democratic process.
“It is good for our democracy, we are gradually understanding the tenets of democracy, which means there must be free hand for people to choose their leaders.”
He said that the election of both ruling and opposition parties into the Senate leadership would provide the checks and balances needed for democratic progress.
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