Details have continued to emerged on what transpired during a courtesy visit paid by a delegation of Benue APC stakeholders to the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari at the Defence House in Abuja yesterday.
The team, which was led by Senate Minority Leader and a front contender for the office of President of the Senate, Senator George Akume had the Benue state governor-elect, Dr. Samuel Ortom also included Chief Audu Ogbe, Senator Barnabas Gemade, Gen Lawrence Onoja, Chris Abutu Garba among others.
After key members of the delegation took turns to speak, it was time for the Buhari to say the benediction which he did in his characteristic few but loaded words.
First, Buhari thanked the people of Benue State, who paid him a congratulatory visit, for voting APC.
“We thank God and we thank the technology which made it possible because. If not for PVC and Card Readers, the normal thing would have happened. The normal thing which sent me to the Supreme Court three times.”
Buhari added that Nigerians have decided and even though the journey has been rough, he thanked God Nigerians had realised the truth.
Responding to the request earlier made by Dr Ortom during his speech that Akume be rewarded as the senate president for his experience, loyalty and dedication, Buhari agreed with him on Akume’s statesmanship but gave no assurances.
“Sen Akume and the Governor-elect have put me in a tight corner with their shopping list. If it were inside (referring to his conference hall) I would have known what to say. But the witnesses are too many here” (general laughter).
He continued “l know that if Akume loses, it’s Buhari. If he wins, it’s Akume.” (again general laughter and clapping of hands).
The President-elect commended Akume for standing by him in his presidential ambition, stressing that “Sen Akume has been here to see me a couple of times with other groups.”
He concluded on the matter by saying, “I beg Senator Akume and the governor-elect not to make my 2019 attempt too difficult.”
General Buhari also lauded the efforts of the international community during the elections.
“I assure you that we owe United States and Europe, led by Britain, for the support they have given to our system. They were really, very concerned about Nigerian security and that is why we must appreciate people of conscience all over the world.”
With every sense of responsibility, the President-elect re-assured on his promise tackle insurgency to enhance development in the country.