President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has described his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu as a perfect gentleman, who only sees things for the good of Nigeria.
The Senate president spoke just as Ekweremadu described his re-emergence as Deputy Senate President in an All Progressives Congress-dominated Senate as an act of God.
The duo spoke at a civic reception at the country home of Senator Ekweremadu in Mpu, Enugu State, shortly after a special thanksgiving service, where the deputy Senate president re-dedicated himself to the service of his fatherland and mankind.
Recall that Ekweremadu emerged as deputy to Senate President Saraki on June 9, 2015 following high-wired political horse trading between APC senators loyal to the former Kwara governor and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, senators.
With his current position, Ekweremadu (Enugu West/PDP) has gone into Nigeria’s political history books as the longest serving deputy president of the Senate.
Speaking at the civic reception, Saraki noted that before the inauguration of the 8th Senate, he was not close to Senator Ekweremadu as they were “far apart”, but that having worked closely with him for over seven months now, he is grateful to have the Enugu-born politician as his deputy, adding he is a man every Nigerian politician should emulate.
“For we (sic) politicians, it is always better to get close to know somebody because in our meetings in the 7th Senate, myself and him were far apart, but in this current Senate, I am the first person to tell a few people that Senator Ekweremadu is a perfect gentleman. You are a perfect gentleman and I repeat that many times and you are a good example for we (sic) politicians”, he said.
Saraki continued: “He is the type of Nigerian that we will want to continue to serve because he only sees things for the good of Nigeria. I am grateful to be working with you and I will continue to assure you that we will continue to work closely for the interest of this great country”.
Earlier at the special thanksgiving service by his family, Ekweremadu recalled his journey back to the Senate, saying, “about two years ago, nobody would have believed that we will be here talking about Ike Ekweremadu being a Senator again, let alone being the deputy president of the Senate. But, by the grace of God, I am today not only the Senator representing Enugu West, but also the deputy president of the Senate.
“We went through very tumultuous primaries that almost divided our state along the line, but we thank God that today Enugu is united and peaceful.
“After the elections, PDP lost control of the National Assembly and many people thought we were finished, but we went into political engineering and I want to thank my colleagues for that long night. We decided that when we got to the chamber in the morning, we were going to perform wonders and when the time came for the inauguration of the Senate, I was re-elected Deputy President of the Senate. It was the will of God”.