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8th Senate Holds Valedictory Session, Senators Praise Saraki [FULL UPDATES]

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18:00

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, after delivering his 8th Senate Valedictory speech, adjourned plenary sine die and banged the gavel for the last time.

17:45

Senator Solomon Adeola:

“I urge the 9th Assembly to forge a good and harmonious relationship between the legislature and the executive without eroding our independence.”

Senator Clifford Ordia:

“I feel very worried about the state of insecurity and banditry in this country. The government needs to take this issues very serious. A lot of things are being done based on ethnicity, this needs to change.”

Senator Jide Omoworare:

“The lessons have been learnt, I think we could have achieved a lot more. Scrutiny is very important in any parliament, this will enable us defend every clause in the Bill.”

Senator Abubakar Kyari:

“80% of my votes came from the IDP, so I am an IDP Senator. I remember the Senate President, Bukola Saraki  taking a trip to Maiduguri to assess the Security situation.

“This development gave rise to the North-East Development Commission Bill (NEDCBill). And also, the commitment and contributions from our colleagues both in cash and kind.”

Senator Ibrahim Gobir:

”Whatever has a beginning must have an end and so today, the 8th Senate comes to an end. You directed us very well and did your best, Bukola Saraki.”

Senator Victor Umeh:

“When I came here, you, Bukola Saraki, gave me opportunity to serve well, even though I resumed this 8th Assembly late.

“I have been very active for the 17months I have been in the Senate and I sponsored two Bills during this period. This Senate has gotten so much work done”

Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan

“Today is a special day for all of us. 4years of working together and fraternizing. It is important to thank the people who in the first place voted us to be here.

“After you, Bukola Saraki, emerged as Senate President, we consciously decided in national interest, to work together for stability and peace, as we are all like-minded.

“During my time as the Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence, I interacted with our Armed Forces. They not only protect our territorial integrity of this land but also our internal security with little resources.

“Yesterday, I was 20years in the National Assembly. I believe that we can achieve a Senate we can be proud of when we work with patriotism. There is need to structure our oversight function & report the outcome of our oversight for better performance.

“Senator David Mark has shown capacity in leadership and patriotism to ensure National Assembly works for Nigeria. He built confidence in us and gave us a rare opportunity.”

Senate President Bukola Saraki:

“Distinguished colleagues, as we come to the final plenary and the last few days of the eighth Senate, it is a victory in itself that we are seeing the journey to its momentous end.

“That I am here today, that you are here today, is a victory for democracy. It is a testament to what people can do when they come together for the greater good.

“This is also one of those occasions when the Supreme Creator reminds us, once again, that power does not reside in any one person.

“Before I proceed, let us pause to honour the memory of colleagues with whom we started this journey but who sadly are not here with us today.

“We lost the late Senators Ali Wakili (Bauchi South) in the line of duty in this Senate.

“We lost Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke (Osun West) in the line of duty in this Senate.

“We lost Bukar Mustapha (Katsina North) in the line of duty in this Senate.

“I ask that we observe a minute’s silence for the continuing repose of their souls [Minute’s Silence]. May the Almighty grant them eternal rest.

“Distinguished colleagues, let me thank each and every one of you for your contributions towards making this the historic Senate that it is.

“When I think of the many trials and tribulations we have faced as an institution, and my own personal travails particularly at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, I am humbled.

“This way down the line, however, I realise that the day of that invasion was the saddest – but in many ways it was also a good day for asserting the independence of the legislature and the triumph of democracy.”

For the full valedictory speech by the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, to the senators of the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria — June 6, 2019, click below:

Valedictory Speech Senate President, Saraki To Senators Of 8th Senate

To be continued…

15:13

Senator Adamu Abdullahi:

“I thank the entire Senate, and members of the parliamentary support group. I pray that whatever lessons we learnt throughout our tenure will continue to guide us.”

Senator Sam Anyanwu:

“I thank the 8th Senate for the opportunity given to me to treat quite a number of petitions as the Chairman Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.”

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce:

“I want the Executive to allow the 109 Senators choose their leadership of the 9th Assembly without interferences to prevent any form of acrimony.”

Senator Binta Masi Garba:

“Nothing good comes easy, but sometimes we have to give way. Thank you, Bukola Saraki, my leader, my mentor.”

Senator Kabir Marafa:

“I say a very big thank you to the leadership of the 8th Senate. I have learnt a lot and I appreciate your wisdom in resolving key issues and the trust you have in us to discharge our duties.

“To Oshiomhole and the APC, it is about how many States or Senators APC has, to me it is about my people. The judiciary has made us proud and the people of Zamfara State are very grateful.

“The court ruling shows there is a limit to impunity. I have no regret in what I did in Zamfara.

Senator Barnabas Gemade:

“The 8th Senate is a Senate of great success despite of all that has happened. It has been a Senate of controversies in terms of leadership.”

Senator Dino Melaye:

“I thank the Almighty who is the supreme controller of the universe. When cankerworms and caterpillars attacked you, I addressed you as the irremovable Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

“To my surprise, many of those who orchestrated your downfall and removal have now called you their mentor, only God give and take power.

“The happiest day in my life was the day Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki emerged as the Senate President.

“The saddest day of my life was when Senator Ovie Omo-Agege led thugs to steal the Senate mace, a symbol of unity.”

Senator George Akume:

“The Executive will always show interest in who become the leader of the National Assembly.”

Senator Obinna Ogba:

“I thank Ebonyi Central for their trust in me, not just I was voted into the 8th assembly but also into the 9th assembly. In this Chamber you will find the good, bad and ugly.

“I urge my colleagues, especially those coming back to see this country as one nation. I want to particularly thank the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and DSP, Ike Ekweremadu. May God continue to bless them for their leadership.”

Senator David Mark:

“I spent the last one month going round my Senatorial district appreciating them and thanking God for his faithfulness.

“I have been here for 20 years and I can say without fear that you, Bukola Saraki have developed the Senate to an enviable height.

“I look forward to a day in this Country where there will be no election petition to be treated by the Judiciary because everyone will be satisfied with our electoral process.”

Senator Ali Ndume:

“I respect you for your resilience and always standing for what you believe in Bukola Saraki. I have never taken anybody consciously on personal basis, I do that based on what I think is right.

“I know the 8th Senate has done so much work and I hope the 9th Senate will learn from the 8th Senate.”

Senator Godswill Akpabio:

“I apologize to my colleagues in the PDP for the manner I left. I know they miss me. My stay in the 8th Senate is a mixture of sadness and happiness.”

Senator Adamu Aliero:

“We need to change the image and the public perception that the National Assembly is responsible for Budget delay, meanwhile it is the Executive and no one has sincerely explained this to the public.”

Senator Solomon Adeola:

“109 of our colleagues were sworn-in with us, but three of them have departed. I pray that God will grant their family comfort.”

14:46

Welcome to a new Legislative Day. This is the Valedictory Session of the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

Senate President, Bukola Saraki leads the Principal Officers into the chambers; takes the official prayers; and begins the day’s proceedings at 10:58am.

Senator Andy Uba moves for the approval of votes and proceedings of Thursday, 30th May 2019. Senator Sam Anyanwu seconds.

Senate Leader moves that the Senate do begin the 8th SenateValedictory Session to mark the end of the 4th session of the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu said:

“At the beginning, we had the Unity forum and the Like mind Senators, but today we are leaving the Senate in one accord.

“I want to thank our colleagues who have made this day a reality. Particularly my colleagues in the PDP for standing by democracy and the rule of law.”

Senator Biodun Olujimi:

“It is usually a difficult task speaking after the Deputy Senate President. 48-months just rolled by- we came, we saw and conquered.”

“We did our best in the 8th Senate, I remember when we came in to vote for the Senate President of our choice and discovered some of our colleagues where holding meetings elsewhere. I believe God had a hand in your election as the Senate President.”

Senator Olusola Adeyeye:

“I believe my time has been spent. I did not contest for any position during the nomination. I am grateful and I thank God as I leave with so much gratitude.”

Senator Emmanuel Bwacha:

“It’s a rare privilege to be here. We have seen some of our colleagues stand up to speak in order to please their godfather.”

“You are truly a great team player, Bukola Saraki. That is one thing we will be willing to share with your successor.”

Senator Francis Alimikhena:

“I consider myself very lucky because in 2015, i was the only Senator from the South-South in the APC and became the Deputy Chief Whip.”

Senator Bala Na’allah:

“As long as there is tomorrow, a day like this #8thSenateValedictory will come. It is a perfect reminder that we do not joke with the responsibilities reposed in us as leaders.

“I will greatly miss Senator Jeremiah Useni and Senator Tijjani Kaura in the 9th Assembly.

Senator Philip Aduda:

“I salute your leadership courage, Bukola Saraki, to work for the common purpose of making laws for the federal republic of Nigeria. I will not forget the troubled times we have been through. As far as the 8th Senate is concerned, you have led us well.”

Senator Andy Uba:

“I thank Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for making me the Chairman of an important committee to oversee and serve in the 8th Senate.”

Senator Magnus Abe:

“It has been a great privilege to serve my country. Nigeria cannot be a true democratic nation unless we have strong democratic parties.”

“We may not have been perfect, but we are here because of our desire to serve our dear country. We will country to carry the aspirations of our people.

“This 8th Senate has passed through a lot of turbulence. It has impacted our experience as a nation. There are many who came in as APC and left as PDP and vice-Versa.”

Senator Bassey Akpan:

“Your leadership has been the most impactful, Bukola Saraki. History will be kind to you. In effectiveness, the 8th Senate has a good place in history and the 9th Senate will have a lot to learn from it.”

Senator Bassey Akpan:

“This Senate led by Bukola Saraki has passed a high number of Bills and Motion. We’re forever grateful for this rare opportunity.”

To be continued…

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