The lawmaker representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Ovie Omo-Agege says president Muhammadu Buhari will determine who will be the next Senate President of the 9th National Assembly.
Speaking on the controversies surrounding the emergence of Saraki as the number three citizen in 2015, Ovie Omo-Agege said the All Progressives Congress (APC) had learned its lessons, adding that Buhari would fully take part in the process of selecting the next leadership of the Senate.
‘‘Anybody who is going to be Senate President, in the 9th Senate, must be somebody who is loyal to Mr President, the party and the constitution.
‘‘The Senate President will be determined by Mr President. Mr President will indicate to us through the party who he want to work with.’’
From the results declared so far by the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APC will produce the next Senate President by the virtue of winning the majority of senatorial seats in the February 23 National Assembly election.
Saraki, who decamped from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) retained his position as senate president but lost in the Kwara Central senatorial election to an APC candidate.
While stating that he is yet to know the zone that will be producing the next leader of the National Assembly, Omo-Agege remains confident the 9th Assembly will work with Mr President.
‘‘The era of allowing renegades who rode on the back of Mr President, who rode on the back of the party to go in there and trade the party’s mandate, I think that era is gone.
‘‘I am very hopeful that this time around, Mr President will step in and decide not only the zone that will produce the Senate president and the leadership but also who should be.
‘‘We don’t want to elect another opposition leader in the Senate, as we had in the 8th Assembly.
‘‘There are a lot of us in the Senate who are returning to the next senate who fits into that position. We are so many but any decision the President makes, we will all fall in line and abide,” he added.