No APC governor is leaving the party with Atiku – El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Eufai [Photo Credit: The Whistler]

The governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, on Friday said “not one” governor from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, would decamp with the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who just exited the party.

He was reacting to the exit of Mr. Abubakar from Nigeria’s ruling party on Friday.

Mr. El-Rufai, a prominent leader of the APC, who has had pitched battles with Mr. Abubakar in the past over political issues,  was responding to  questions from journalists after the Friday Jumat prayer at the mosque in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Mr. Abubakar’s withdrawal from the APC has drawn mixed reactions from Nigerians.

He has not indicated the party he is going to join, although he is expected to run for president on the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Although, Mr. Atiku has not openly declared his interest to run, pundits believe some key officials in the Muhammadu Buhari administration will support him when he eventually declares.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, is among those that have endorsed the former vice president for the 2019 presidential election.

However, Mr. El-Rufai on Friday insisted that all APC governors will not follow the footsteps of Atiku by leaving the party.

“That I am sure of. I can speak authoritatively about it because I’m in touch with my colleagues,” he noted.

“The only governor that he would think will go with him, the governor of Adamawa State has already endorsed President Buhari for the 2019 elections. And there are many governors, I will not mention the number but a majority of the APC governors have already taken the position that the president should run for a second term in office.”

The Adamawa State Governor, Jibrilla Bindow, had previously declared his support for Mr. Abubakar whom he acknowledged as the sponsor of his governorship election.

The governor in December 2015 disclosed that Mr. Abubakar gave him N500 million for his campaign.

However, a month before Mr. Abubakar dumped the ruling party, the Adamawa state chapter of the APC pledged support for President Buhari if he declares to run in 2019.

Meanwhile, Mr. El-Rufai also said, ”Atiku is not and has never been a threat to Buhari.”

“…we are confident that the way to preserve our party and preserve and advance the interest of Nigeria is for Mr. President to run for a second term. I’m curious to see which APC governor will go with Atiku,” he said.

Mr. Abubakar, who is from Adamawa State, has made past bids for the presidential slot. He challenged President Muhammadu Buhari for the APC presidential ticket prior to 2015 election.


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  • Hinds Peter

    I have been called by all manner of insults.Are black people Sultans.That they have authority to insult and corrupt.But never the less.Those that give honor.Receive honor.Talking about a door out of slavery.It is the fibers in men’s minds that enslave them.Not steel and concrete.Peter Carlos Hinds.Commander.Barbados.

    • Passionate about Nigeria


  • Hinds Peter

    Talking about slavery.Those that made the journey from the west coast of Africa.To the Americas and Caribbean.Were by European standards illiterate.Meaning that then American Negros would be descendants of fools.To put it mildly.Peter Carlos Hinds.Commander.Barbados.

    • Solomon Brown

      Hey take that drir

      • Passionate about Nigeria


  • Hinds Peter

    It was the same Solomon in the Bible that said.Slaves were born in his house.Peter Carlos Hinds.Commander.Barbados.

    • 2019 Cassandra


      Anyone possessed of good sense would easily
      override an empty-headed Muhamadu Buhari in one’s stride but Abubakar Atiku
      does not see that easy path because he does not think much to understand how
      good ideas rule this world and cancel out false propaganda, like the false CHANGE
      mantra Buhari hoisted since the year 2015.

  • atakamosu

    Neither will win in 2019.

  • Abdu

    What is this man talking about? What is good in Governors who are cruel, callous, arrogant, inhuman, vainglorious and repulsively corrupt!

  • Solomon Brown

    Mallam Nasir appears to be running scared, he really is all over the news today,there is about a year plus till the 2019 general elections, a lot can still happen within that time. Don’t get cocky.

  • Jo Elue

    Atiku will never rule Nigeria. He is too corrupt. Nigerian presidency is not for sale

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Former president Olusegun Obasanjo,s vice-president for eight years tenure,Alhaj Atiku Abubakar, has demonstrates to be an unstable politician, who lacks solid political structure and good political foundation whose lack of stability has grown as a serious political virus that is jumping from one political fig-tree to another political fig-tree. Alhaj Atiku Abubakar, lacks strategic political technique hence, he is an all weather politician, that most Nigerian-voters can not repose their trust in to lead them transparently.As at today, chief Olusegun Obasanjo, can not issue any good reference – report on Alhaj Atiku Abubakar. He is not a good team-player-politician that could carry vast volume of average-citizenry along his political mission.

  • Intrepid

    The arrogance and bluffing of the little man from Lillipu.

  • Tijani

    Perhaps dwarf midget sickler Nasr El Rufai should resign as governor and take the job of Apc national publicity secretary instead so he can keep giving dullardeen Buhari empty assurances of 2019 loyalty.

  • Kenny

    The dwarf at his characteristic ranting! That dirty buccal cavity of his will always spew rubbish. Buhari is a weakling and lacks the mental and intellectual capacity to rule Nigeria. BUHARI IS A FAILURE! BUHARI LACKS ADMINISTRATIVE ACUMEN!! BUHARI AND HIS TEAM OF JACKALS/HYENAS ARE FANTASTICALLY CURRUPT!!!

    • tundemash

      U are obviously hurting. The man has refused to die as u wished him as far back as January. Instead of ranting, ought to be mobilising for the serial defector Atiku.

  • Mr. Abdin

    Politics in action.

  • Agba

    El Rufai is a dreamer,remember Atiku always. move with crowd,president Abba kyari can not save APC,because Buhari is not the president of Nigeria.

    • Ubong

      His posistion that no APC governor or elected representatives would flagrantly move witb Atiku, would have been possible if we were a country where law is obeyed. The law for legal defection is clear but in Nigeria and corrupt judges, itskata kata decision delivered based on highest procurement or partisan interest. HoweverI i see how this play out in weeks to come. Corruption every corner

  • Rommel

    Atiku just took another step towards political oblivion,I thought that by now, the reality would have sunk into him that he is not the person Nigeria needs, his hands are too marred in dirty deals, we need a break from his likes

  • John Okoh

    Buhari will do himself a favor if he devotes his time to restructuring Nigeria so that the States are truly autonomous to pursue their God given talents and stop depending on handouts from the Federal Government Oil is running out and the West is determined to get away from oil based economy .Diversify the economy for crying out loud. Go back to those good old days when West, East, Midwest and North were autonomous and raised revenues internally and externally to run their States. There was competition among the States in all areas of human endeavor before the military came to destroy Nigeria. There is no way Nigeria can survive and compete with the rest of the World if revenues and loans are used to pay the Governors, Senators , Members of House,Ministers and all other politicians and not spend money for infrastructures like roads, electricity, waterways ,mass transits and railways. It is time for Nigeria to get away from NNPC and minerals development. Allow free enterprise to reign and the sky will be the limit for development. That way the private sector will contribute immensely to youth employment and then free the governments from being the employers of the teeming youths. Joblessness is the reason we have Nigerians turning to crimes and some fleeing the country to seek the golden goose. Our women are all over Europe becoming prostitutes and men engaging in all kinds of nefarious activities. It is time to bring back money looted from Nigeria by the crooked present and past politicians. This money is parked in Europe and America and the Nigerian Government knows about these billions of dollars that could be used for jobs and infrastructures and then the culprits should be prosecuted and sent to jail. If this is not done, the so called war on corruption is a farce.