Twenty-eight APC state chairmen Friday visited the Senate President to pledge their solidarity with him and as well congratulate him on his emergence.
However, all the six chairmen of the six South-west states stayed away from the meeting.
The chairmen said they had come to pay homage to Saraki for attending the NEC meeting of the APC held in Abuja yesterday and enjoined him to uphold supremacy of the party in all that he does.
The chairmen said: “We have come to congratulate APC senators especially on your election as Senate President and for attending the NEC meeting today. The meeting was peaceful. We have shamed our detractors. You are a politician par excellence. We know you. You are a mobiliser. We want you to use your good office to build our party so that APC can rule for 100 years. We implore you to uphold the supremacy of our party. God will grant you good health and energy to carry the party along.”
Responding, Saraki who thanked the party chairmen for the visit told them that he was just returning from a meeting with APC governors.
According to him, the outcome of the meeting was peaceful as he assured them that he would be close to the party and as well ensure that the government of APC meets the yearnings and expectations of Nigerians.
“I want to report peace over the meeting we held. Thank you for your visit in this number. I also want to congratulate all of us on our victory in the last elections. I assure you that we are committed to the party. We will work hard because we worked hard for the elections. We will live up to the expectations of Nigerians and those of you who have hope in us; we’ll make you proud in 8th Senate.
“I want to assure you of my close relationship with the party. I assure you that our doors are open. I will not abandon the party. I will be close to it. We will see what we can do for the party. As we all worked hard for APC’s successful elections, we will continue to work hard so that we can continue to win elections in the years and years to come.
“I thank all of you for your commitment to elections even when it was gloomy. For all you did, it is time to pay you back. We’ll make this country great. We have no option. President Muhammadu Buhari must succeed. There is no option. He will succeed,” he said