#8thSenateValedictory: See how Nigerians reacted as Saraki-led Senate ends today

The 8th Nigerian Senate under Bukola Saraki is expected to wind down its constitutional duties today paving way for the inauguration of the 9th Senate on June 11.

Mr Saraki emerged Senate President during his days in the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) against the wish of the party, and was deputised by Ike Ekweremadu from the opposing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The emergence of the top lawmaker to lead the legislative arm of government was largely seen as an attempt to thwart the aim of some political godfathers in the ruling party who wanted to install a stooge.

Several efforts to oust him from his position often met brick walls with the Senate President atimes outsmarting his opponents.

The Kwara lawmaker who later defected to the PDP enjoyed the support of his colleagues despite their political differences and this could be said to be responsible for his stay in office until the expiration of his tenure.

The PDP Director-General in this year’s presidential election will not be returning to the 9th Senate because he lost his re-election bid.

The Senate under Saraki has at different occasions clashed with the executive arm of government headed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr Buhari has often blamed the National Assembly as responsible for his administration’s inability to deliver on some of its campaign promises, policies and programmes.

One Thursday morning, one of the aides of the Senate President, Olu Onemola, on Twitter described the tenure of his principal at the red chamber as an impact-filled, productive and responsive one in the country’s history.

This has led to reactions from Nigerians on the micro-blogging site with hashtag #8thSenateValedictory.

Below are some of the reactions brought to you by POLITICS TIMES.