February 1, 2023

Some ‘elements’ in Aso Rock working against Tinubu’s victory – El-Rufai

By Biodun Busari

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has revealed that some federal government officials in Aso Rock Villa are working to upset the victory of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, during this month’s election.

El-Rufai made this known during an interview with Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.

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,” El-Rufai said.

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According to the Kaduna governor, those working against Tinubu’s victory were the people Tinubu defeated their presidential candidates during the party’s presidential primary election last year.

El-Rufai said the alleged Tinubu’s enemies have been hiding under President Muhammadu Buhari’s policies to frustrate the former Lagos state governor’s victory at the polls this month.

He said, “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.

“In fact, I had a discussion with the president and showed him why it had to go. Because how can you have a capital budget of N200b for federal roads and then spend N2 Trillion on petroleum subsidy? This was a conversation I had with the president in 2021 when the subsidy thing started rising. He was convinced. We left. It changed. Everyone in the government agreed, and it changed.

“The second example I will give is this currency redesign. 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 with a view to catching 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.”