The Senate on Wednesday held a valedictory session to honour new Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Abdullahi Adamu and two others who left the red chamber for their new offices.
Senators Adamu and Kyari had resigned their positions following their election as the APC’s national chairman and deputy chairman (North) respectively, while Senator Hassan Nasiha left to become Deputy Governor of Zamfara State.
Adamu and Kyari had earlier been dragged to vacate their seats in the Senate by some lawyers and the opposition party(PDP).
The session which commended at 11.45am and ended at 1.58pm, opened with a presentation from the Majority Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, who congratulated the former lawmakers on their new offices.
The Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, also implored Adamu to deepen democracy in his duties as the National Chairman of the APC.
In his comment, former Governor of Gombe State, Senator Danjuma Goje, said that Adamu capable of leading the ruling APC to victory in 2023, stressing that it was the first time that members of the Senate were elevated to serve in higher capacities.
Senator James Manager charged the new APC national chairman to maintain “Senatorial integrity” in his service to Nigerians, noting that doing so would boost confidence in members of the National Assembly.
The Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, urged Adamu to use his bank of experience as a former Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum in discharging his duty.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, described the emergence of four members of the National Assembly as party executives of the APC as a remarkable development in the world of political and history of Nigeria.
Lawan said, “That the National Chairman, Deputy National Chairman (North), National Secretary and National Auditor are all people who are either completing their service in the Senate or were here before; what this goes to show is that the legislature is coming of age; that the legislature is now contributing to the political development and stability of our country, and we shouldn’t take this for granted.
“Even though the legislature has been the most disadvantaged arm of government out of the three, but I think it is rapidly developing.”