President Muhammadu Buhari, went philosophical on Thursday, while reflecting on the outcome of the just-concluded general elections.
The President who indirectly mocked a number of governors serving out their final terms, preparatory to upgrade to the Senate in the next dispensation, said the 2023 elections proved that there was no more easy route to power.
He described the Nigerian polity and democracy as growing and getting more sophisticated because Nigerian voters now realize that they have a say when it comes to the choice of their leaders.
Buhari bared his mind while playing host to the newly-installed Emir of Dutse, Jigawa State Capital, Alhaji Muhammad Hamim Nuhu Sunusi at the State House in Abuja.
According to the Nigerian President, the stunning outcome of 10 Governors failing to make it to the Senate was a reflection that there is no longer a guaranteed route to power. Just as he noted that the voting population is truly the king when it comes to elections.
Buhari is billed to bow out of the presidency on May 29th, 2023.
His words, “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”.
Recall that Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, his counterpart in Abia state Okezie Ikpeazu were two prominent governors that failed to get elected to the 10th senate.