President Muhammadu Buhari has observed that the fact that 10 serving State governors lost their senatorial bids shows the sophistication of the Nigerian voter when it comes to the choice of leaders.
Speaking on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja when he received the newly-installed Emir of Dutse, Jigawa State Capital, Alhaji Muhammad Hamim Nuhu Sunusi, he affirmed that the 2023 elections have proved the growing strength of the country’s democracy.
President Buhari observed that the stunning outcome of 10 Governors failing to make it to the Senate meant that there is no longer a guaranteed route to power and the voter is truly the king when it comes to elections.
He said: “It is a testament to the maturity of our democracy and to the amazing sophistication of the voter. What shocked me was that the ordinary citizen who is usually underrated has made the point of his political understanding of things.
“Assumption is always that you are Governor for eight years and you go to the Senate to crown the career. No one should underrate the Nigerian voter anymore. Politics will be more difficult, henceforth.”
According to a statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President(Media & Publicity), after listening to the Emir who listed several government projects put in place for Jigawa State under the Buhari Presidency, and a request for some more, the President promised to do his best for the State in the remaining time left, and to brief the incoming President, Bola Tinubu on those requests, agreeing with visitors that the particular problem of water supply to the State Capital is worrisome.