It was revealed that the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) yesterday declared that he had not anointed any candidate for the position of Senate president, stating that he was willing to work with any Senate leadership irrespective of their geo-political origin.
In a statement released in Abuja yesterday by Mallam Garba Shehu, General Buhari described as false the insinuations in the media that he was in support of a particular senator’s emergence as leader of the Senate or that he belonged to any camp pushing for the emergence of an aspirant from a particular part of the country.
“I am prepared to work with any leaders that the House or Senate selects,” General Buhari said. “It doesn’t matter who the person is or where he or she is from.”
He added that the insinuations were probably borne out of people’s expectations based on the way things happened in the past, but he reminded Nigerians this time was a period of change.
“There is due process for the selection of leaders of the National Assembly and I will not interfere in that process,” General Buhari said.
He urged the media and the public to begin to get used to the fact that it was no longer “business as usual.”
“Nigeria has indeed entered a new dispensation. My administration does not intend to repeat the same mistakes made by previous governments,” the president-elect vowed.
President-elect Muhammadu Buhari yesterday assured members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State that his administration would not forget and forgive the election violence that occurred in the state in the last general elections.
Buhari gave this assurance when a delegation of the Rivers State APC, led by former deputy governor of the state, Chief Gabriel Toby, visited him at the Defence House, Abuja yesterday.