Senate President, David Mark, yesterday commended President Goodluck Jonathan for playing a critical role in ensuring that doomsday predictions about Nigeria did not come to fruition.
Mark, who made this known while presiding over plenary session, added that the outcome of the 2015 general elections had disappointed some persons who predicted disaster and breakup of the country.
“I will like to commend the maturity and sportsmanship displayed by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who willingly conceded defeat.
“That singular act saved us from a possible crisis and catastrophe. The president’s action added value to the consolidation of democracy in our land.
“It raised the benchmark of peaceful democratic transition and consequently set a new democratic template in our continent, notorious for our infamous sit-tight leaders,’’ he said.
He equally commended the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and all Nigerians for their role in laying a solid foundation for democracy to thrive.
Mark said introduction of the card reader by INEC added value to the electoral process.
“The card reader has proved to be effective, efficient and result-oriented and we should embrace this technology.
“However, INEC must note the areas of its shortcomings,’’ he said.
He therefore called on Nigerians to accept the new voting technology.
The President of the Senate further congratulated Senators, Members of the House of Representatives and other candidates who won election in different capacities across the country.
He urged them to exhibit a high sense of responsibility anchored on transparency, accountability and honesty.
He further appealed to serving lawmakers to conclude outstanding legislative activities to give the incoming parliament a solid foundation to build upon in the service of our nation.
Meanwhile, the Senate President yesterday swore in Senator David Umaru who replaced Senator Shem Nuhu Zagbayi, representing Niger East.

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