Many Nigerians, including a social media influencer, Reno Omokri have reacted to a statement credited to Senator Ovie Omo-Agege that President Muhammadu Buhari will be a major determinant in who becomes the next Senate President.
Omo-Agege who represents Delta Central senatorial district, said this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Warri, Delta state on Wednesday.
The senator said the Buhari and the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) would avoid the 2015 mistake that led to the emergence of Sen. Bukola Saraki as the president 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,’’ Omo-Agege said.
He claimed he was not aware if the APC had zoned the position of the Senate president to any region of the country. “But what I can tell you is that we are going to have a Senate that 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 erect 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. ”We want President Buhari to succeed and it is all in our place, some of us who are close to him, to tell him certain calls he should not make because we know ourselves in the National Assembly and we do not want a repeat of the Saraki saga as we go back to the ninth Senate.” he said.
But many Nigerians have viewed such idea as a wrong step for the country’s democracy.
Reno who was quick to react to Omo-Agege’s statement on his twitter page, said:
“I read an APC Senator saying @MBuhari will decide the next Senate President. It will be a sad day for Nigeria if that happens. Buhari has already been dictatorial even with a strong SP like @bukolasaraki. He and his cabal will be ruthless if they have a weak puppet SP and Senate.”
Other reactions read:
– Surely we would have a full blown dictatorship if that happens.
– Very Bad Look for Nigeria if @MBuhari decides the New Senate President.
– That’s how they will alter the constitution for @Mbuhari THIRD TERM. The sycophancy has started already.
– We are already in a very big trouble in this country as he was awarded presidency, and with APC majority in both chambers @MBuhari will get a puppet as SP and SHR… All remaining in APC are all lackeys and won’t utter one word when GMS starts… There must be a way out!
– And keyamo is fully behind PMB including osibande…I weep for nigeria.
– Let them appoint whoever they want to appoint.
Let Buhari do whatever pleases him.
I ve already reconditioned my mind the worst 4yrs ahead in the history of Nigerian governance.
I am still angry with fellow Nigerians who allowed themselves to be used to rig this election.
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