I Wouldn’t Have Emerged Kaduna Governor Without Buhari, Says El-Rufai

El-Rufai-BuhariGovernor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State yesterday recalled the role Prsident Muhammadu Buhari played in ensuring he contested the 2015 governorship election of the state.
El-Rufai said Buhari, who was then the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, mounted pressure on him to run for office of governor of Kaduna State.
He also said without the card reader introduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, he would have lost the election that saw him defeat an incumbent governor for the first time in the state.
The governor disclosed this yesterday when he performed the closing ceremony of the 2-day Economic Summit for investors interested in doing business in the state.
According to him, he was still wondering why people still refer to him as a nice governor, despite demolition of illegal structures by government.
He, however, appreciated Kaduna people for giving him 1.2 million votes during the gubernatorial election, alleging that without the card reader, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would have robbed him of the victory.
“I want to pay tribute to President Muhammadu Buhari who ensured that I became the governor of Kaduna State. It was President Muhammadu Buhari that forced me to contest for the governorship race of Kaduna State in revenge for persuading him to run the presidential race.
“If he had not asked me to run for the governorship, I wouldn’t have stood before you today as the governor of Kaduna State.
“It is the Buhari phenomenon that had swept away the PDP. Buhari is a man of integrity, a Nigerian leader whose name has not been found in the Panama documents.
“The president inherited 16 years of impunity, and it will take time to clean it up, so, all Nigerians need to be patient with him. And, with the quality of leaders we have in the country, Nigeria will take its rightful place in the comity of nations.
“I wonder why people still refer to me as a nice governor even when I demolished their houses. I am not a nice governor.
“I thank the people of Kaduna State for voting for us. We did not pay kobo to get those votes, if it were in those days without the card reader, we would have lost the election…
“I promise you, we will keep working until we make this state a better place for you”.


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