President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a response to the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and House of Representatives Speaker respectively.
The President stated on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, that although he would have preferred for the leaders’ emergence to have followed the rules of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a constitutional process had occurred.
This was disclosed via a statement released by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
It reads in part:
“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.”
“Nonetheless the President took the view that a constitutional process has somewhat occurred. To this end, President Buhari said he is ready to work with those elected.”
Saraki and Dogara were elected on Tuesday at the inauguration of the 8 National Assembly.