Why I Visited Ex-President Jonathan – Saraki

By Eric Elezuo

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said that he visited former President Goodluck Jonathan in his Maitama, Abuja home on Wednesday as a mark of respect and to inform him that he has returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Saraki noted 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.

While receiving him the ex-President praised his political sagacity as well as his ability to hold the two chambers of the National Assembly together in the face of uncertainty.

“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,” Jonathan said.

Jonathan is the second ex-President Saraki has visited in recent times in what stakeholders believe is a prelude to declaring his intention to run for the presidency in 2019. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was the first.

Saraki decamped from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on July 31, 2018.

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