Eminent elders of Ilorin Emirate in Kwara state on Monday, expressed their support for the aspiration of Dr Bukola Saraki as the president of the eighth Senate.
The elders under the aegis of 4 Tracks Elders Forum expressed the confidence in the ability of Saraki to provide effective and quality leadership in the upper chamber of the national assembly.
They threw their weight behind Saraki’s aspiration in a statement signed by Alh. Ganiyu Lawal-Giwa, Alh. Tijjani Orisankoko—- Alh. Tunde Saka and Alh.Musa Aiyelabegan.
The elders thanked the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for allotting the office of the Senate president to the north-central zone.
They however opined that the party’s leadership should take a step forward by ceding the position to Kwara state in the interest of equity and fairness.
They added that: “Since Saraki’s foray into partisan politics we have keenly monitor his activities and have come to the conclusion that he’s one of the best leaders that God endows Nigeria with.
“We are highly impressed about Saraki’s performance as two- term governor of Kwara state, chairman, Northern Governors’ Forum and chairman of the prestigious Nigerian Governors Forum.
“It is on record that during his tenure as NGF’s chairman, the Turaki of Ilorin took the now comatose forum to an enviable pedestal.
And even the blind can feel Saraki’s excellent performance in the upper chamber of the national assembly where he’s representing Kwara central.
“It’s in line with the above that members of this forum are urging the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress(APC) to consider Saraki for the position of the Senate president.
We are convinced that the combination of Saraki as Senate president and General Muhammadu Buhari as the nation’s president will bring about the positive change that Nigerian masses are yearning for.
“While we commend the National Working Committee of the APC for zoning the Senate presidency to the north- central zone, we are demanding that the position should be allotted to Kwara state in view of Saraki’s enormous contributions to the victory of APC in the just concluded 2015 general elections.
Saraki’s role in the events that culminated in metamorphosing APC from regional party to a national party cannot also be over emphasised. The emergence of Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje as the chairman of the thennew Peoples Democratic Party(nPDP) and the defection of five former PDP governors to the APC speak volume of Saraki’s involvement in making APC what it’s today..
“We are not oblivious of the fact that our country is at a crossroad at many fronts and urgent actions are required to salvage the situations and restore normalcy to our polity at all fronts.
To brave the odds, a man of outstanding capabilities and clear- headedness like our own Saraki deserves the seat of the Senate President to put issues into proper perspectives.
Kwara has the highest number of ranking Senators from the north- central zone based on the outcome of the recent national assembly election.
“To analyse the situation,Benue is just going out after eight years and it would only be fair to give the slot to Kwara state while Saraki should be the beneficiary of such arrangement.
“He has been a prominent Senator. With his performance and presentation in the Senate,he stands out as the best among those
contending for the office.
“Saraki was the first Senator who presented a Bill about the kind of injustice, theft, impunity going on in the out-going administration.
All he said and presented about oil theft and subsidy for example are coming to pass now and we are sure Nigerians and APC itself is interested in people that would do a thorough job to satisfy the masses and the electorate and we believe he is one of them”.