The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has revealed those fighting to ensure the 8thAssembly fails in the performance of its duties.
According to him, the people who wanted Senator Ahmad Lawan to emerge as the Senate President were trying to distract the 8th assembly.
It could be recalled that the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had endorsed Ahmad Lawan, incumbent majority leader, for the position but Saraki teamed up with members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to win the coveted seat.
Speaking to newsmen at a forum in Abuja, Saraki said the 8th senate surmounted the turbulence that characterized its affairs owing to cooperation and unity among its members.
He said the crisis in the upper legislative chamber began immediately after its inauguration, with his emergence as president of the senate, and with Ike Ekweremadu, a member of the opposition party as his deputy.
He said despite the crisis, the senate recorded unprecedented success.
He said despite the distractions from court cases and wanton allegations, the senate ensured that it remained focused on the agenda it drafted prepared for itself.
“People who wanted a certain person to emerge as senate president or speaker of the house and they have not got it are saying ‘since we cannot win the battle for the national assembly, let’s distract them’,” he said.
“I will humbly say that I have been able to win the support of all my colleagues, I have been able to win their confidence, because the way I occupied leadership is that it is ‘we’, not ‘me’.
“That is why many people misunderstand this place and say it is the president of the senate that has done that, but most of the things are done collectively.
“I am just first among equals. It is not like the executive where you can fire a minister or commissioner; it doesn’t work like that here, I cannot fire Olusola Adeyeye, for instance.
“If you understand that, you will win their confidence. I will say that 99 per cent of the senate is going in one direction and that is what we have been able to achieve. And who gains for that, the country.”