By Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North
President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari (retd), will not short-change any section of the country in the distribution of offices, a member of All Progressives Congress, APC, Board of Trustees, Alhaji Gambo Magaji, has said.
Magaji, who spoke in an exclusive interview with Vanguard in Abuja, said, however, that while trying to give equal attention to all sections of Nigeria, Buhari would not gloss over the contributions of the zones to his electoral victory.
Magaji, who was in the Constitution Drafting Committee of APC during its formative stage, pointed out that it was imperative that the APC government pay attention to the voting pattern in the last election to compensate those who contributed immensely to its success.
A document obtained by Vanguard in Abuja,yesterday, showed that the North-West, where Buhari comes from, gave him the highest number of votes with 7,115,199, followed by North-East with 2, 848,678 and the South-West with 2,433,194.
North Central took the fourth position with 2,264,355, followed by the South-South, 418,590, and the South-East came last with 198,247 votes.
Although Magaji assured that Buhari would turn around the nation’s economy for good and give opportunities for Nigerians to excel, he nonetheless pleaded with Nigerians to give the new President-elect a chance to bring about the needed change.
He said: “Before I say anything, I want to appeal to Nigerians that they should give Buhari time because he cannot do everything at a go and he cannot meet all the aspirations and expectations at the same time.
“I am saying so because Buhari is inheriting an empty treasury. Secondly, Buhari has come in when the price of oil has gone down, and thirdly, Buhari has come in when a lot of controversies are on, particularly regarding the resources of the country which cannot be accounted for.”
Magaji urged Nigerians to give the President-elect time to sort out the leakages in the nation’s revenue sector and look into the issue of the missing $20 billion in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.