NASS elections: Constitutional process has occurred – Buhari


I’m ready to work with new leaders – President

Although Tuesday’s National Assembly elections did not follow the dictates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday the elections were in line with the constitutional process.

Contrary to expectations, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara emerged the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively in the elections that took place on floor of the two chambers on Tuesday.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said he has taken note of the elections’ outcome.

President Buhari said he would have preferred the process to follow the initiation and conclusion of the APC.

“Nonetheless the President took the view that a constitutional process has somewhat occurred,” the statement said.

“To this end, President Buhari said he is ready to work with those elected.

The statement reads: “President Buhari had said in an earlier statement that he did not have any preferred candidate for the Senate and the House of Representatives, and that he was willing to work with whoever the lawmakers elected.

“That sentiment still stands. Though he would have preferred the new leaders to have emerged through the process established by the party.”

According to the statement, the stability of Nigeria’s constitutional order and overall interest of the common man were uppermost on the President’s mind as far as the National Assembly elections were concerned.

The President called on all the elected representatives of the people to focus on the enormous task of bringing enduring positive change to the lives of Nigerians.

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