Why I smiled during campaign – Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday divulged a part of his election campaign strategies while playing host to some dignitaries including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on a Sallah visit to the Presidential Villa.

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Buhari recounted his struggle to take the reins of power from 2003 revealing the strategy he adopted on account of his alleged poor financial standing.

According to him: “During my long journey to this place, 2003, 2007, 2011, those were interesting political developments that enabled me visit all the local governments in this country, all 774 local governments. First port of call whenever I visit any local government was to visit the community leader for understanding and support.

“I am very pleased that Nigerians understand me that although I was a governor, minister of petroleum and one time head of state, people know I don’t have a lot of money to give. So when I went round, I smiled and greeted them and I think it has helped.”

The President, who was in joking mode, recalled his loss of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the general election, saying it informed the arrangement of his guest.

His word, “I have just spoken to the senator on my left (Philip Aduda) and I told him that his constituency did not vote for me. So I was very pleased that when they made the arrangement they put him very far away from me. I have all the results of all constituencies. I am not threatening FCT because to make FCT secure is to make myself secure and the Vice President. I think they are necessary evil that was why they decided to vote for PDP.”

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