The governor said some elements in the Presidency were working assiduously to ensure the failure of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in this month’s presidential elections.
: “Nigerians should stick with the APC because they should see what we have been able to achieve in the last eight years in very difficult circumstances.
El-Rufai claimed the forces working against the Bola Tinubu/Kashim Shettima joint ticket were people whose preferred candidate lost the APC presidential ticket to the former Lagos State governor last year.
He said, “I believe there are elements in the Villa that want us to lose the election because they didn’t get their way; they had their candidate. Their candidate did not win the primaries. They are trying to get us to lose the election and they are hiding behind the President’s desire to do what he thinks is right.
“They are trying to get us to lose the election, and they are hiding behind the President’s desire to do what he thinks is right. I will give two examples: this petroleum subsidy, which is costing the country trillions of Naira, was something that we all agreed would be removed
“You have to understand the President. People are blaming the Governor of the Central Bank for the currency redesign, but No. You have to go back and look at the first outing of Buhari as President.
“He did this; the Buhari, Idiagbon regime changed our currency and did it in secrecy to catch those that are stashing away illicit funds. It is a very good intention. The President has his right. But doing it at this time within the allotted time does not make any political or economic sense.”
But addressing the allegation in a chat with State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting, the information minister argued that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), was not favouring or disfavouring any presidential candidate ahead of the February 25 election.
“If there’s anybody who is working against any candidate, we don’t know officially,” he stated.
However, PCC Special Adviser on Media, Communications and Public Affairs, Dele Alake said, “There’s nothing spectacular about what El Rufai has said. And it’s even self-explanatory. He did say that some people, but he never said the President. In any organisation including your own individual media houses, you have editorial policies, and there are elements within your organisation that won’t agree with those policies. Yet, they still work there.Pre Birthday interview: Birthday Party of Haija Faidat Sarumi Akintunde
Let pristine network cover your event and show it to the world:call-+2347025000016
“It is therefore not a spectacular thing. It is merely a natural phenomenon. In all organisations and institutions, you cannot have 100 per cent of the operatives see issues the same way.
“For Nasir El Rufai, Governor of Kaduna state, to state the obvious is nothing for us to clear again. We know that mischief makers, especially from the opposition, will latch on to it and twist it out of context. That has always been the way of the opposition that we are contending with in Nigeria today.’’