By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
A group has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to take decisive actions against Governor Nasir el-Rufai to prevent loss of the state in the 2019 general elections.
The group, Kaduna Progressive People Forum expressed this in a statement jointly signed by Dr Abdullahi Usman
(President), Arch. Marcel Guntu (Secretary) and Haj. Maimuna Ibrahim (PRO), made available on Monday October 8, 2018.
“Consequently, we are calling on Mr President and the National Leadership of the APC to take action before its too late. Kaduna State is one state APC cannot afford to lose. A stitch in time, they say, saves nine,” it stated.
The group in the statement titled, ‘A CALL ON GOV. NASIRU EL-RUFAI TO STOP NAME DROPPING AND EMBARRASSING PRESIDENT MOHAMMADU BUHARI’ called on the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai to please stop embarrassing President Mohammadu Buhari with his frequent name-droppings.
“It is on record that Nasir el-Rufai who hitherto insulted, maligned and called President Buhari an unelectable candidate has the habit of name-dropping President Buhari with every given opportunity. On numerous occasions, this has backfired and causes a lot of embarrassment to the person of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The most recent issue that comes to mind is el-Rufai’s purported claims in a memo he deliberately and mischievously leaked to the press, that President Buhari once instructed him to deal with Sen. Shehu Sani by initiating moves for the recall of the vibrant Senator,” they said.
They commended the presidency for coming out clean on the most recent episode. “Before now, many have innocently fallen for El-Rufai’s name-dropping tricks,” the statement pointed out.
It said however, with the recent open denial of involvement by the President, people will now understand and come to terms with the fact that “the maverick governor was as usual, up to his deceitful and mischievous acts not minding the negative impact or embarrassments it might cause the president”.
They used this opportunity to alert Mr President that Gov. Nasir El-Rufai is on the verge of destroying the APC in Kaduna State.
“His quest for power for himself and his cronies at all costs is jeopardizing the chances of APC, and by extension President Mohammadu Buhari in kaduna state which is one of his strong holds.
“el-Rufai’s high handedness, autocracy and misrule in Kaduna State is making the masses to lose confidence in the APC and therefore seeking solace in other political parties, especially the main opposition party, PDP.
“Just recently, his hatchet man and close ally, whom he wanted to be a Senator against the wish of the people, committed the dastardly act of taking the party to court without making any efforts to resolve his grouse internally within the party.
“This same individual is responsible for the loss of many APC stalwarts to other parties and the deep rooted division we have in Kaduna State APC,” they alleged.