The President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, has said he is willing to work with any leader of the Senate, irrespective of what part of the country he or she originates from.
In a statement released in Abuja on Wednesday, General Buhari described as false, insinuations in the media that he was in support of any particular Senator’s emergence as Leader or that he belonged to any camp pushing for the emergence of a leader 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 these insinuations were probably born out of people’s expectations based on the way things had happened in the past, but reminded Nigerians that CHANGE had truly come.
“There is due process for the selection of leaders of the National Assembly,” General Buhari said, “and I will not interfere in that process.”
General Buhari added that the media and the public should begin to get used to no more “business as usual.”
“Nigeria has indeed entered a new dispensation,” he said. “My administration does not intend to repeat the same mistakes made by previous governments.”
Top contenders in the race for Senate president include Senate Minority Leaders, Senator George Akume, former Kwara State governor, Senator Bukola Saraki and Senator Ahmed Lawan from Yobe State.