Namadi Sambo a nobody in Kaduna politics – El Rufai

Nasir El-Rufai
Nasir El-Rufai

A former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nasir El-Rufai, on Thursday said defeating the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Kaduna state will be as simple as reading “ABCD”.

He said PDP will be badly beaten because it has nothing to show in the state.

Mr. El-Rufai, a governorship of the All Progressive Congress, APC, donated 15 campaign vehicles to the state executives of APC.

“Kaduna State is being run by grossly incompetent government that must be unseated for purposeful unity and development,” Mr. El Rufai said.

“Defeating incumbent government is not difficult because the PDP did not win last election, it was rigged. The CPC (defunct Congress for Progressive Change) won last election in Kaduna state and we all know what happened. We all know the efforts to militarise the state to write results, and we are going to resist it this time.

“I have no doubt in my mind that the PDP in Kaduna is gone, it is history. It is just a matter of time and in February 2015 we will prove that. It is not a problem at all, a non-performing government is making people poor and insecurity going they can’t just perform.”

On whether the APC will be threatened with presence of Vice President Namadi Sambo, Mr. El-Rufai said “What Vice President who has never won election in his own polling unit? Forget about the Vice President, forget about money, it is about people and the people of Kaduna will never vote for the PDP with Vice President or not Vice President.

“I don’t have god-father, the only god-father I have is the God Almighty himself. I have never had god-fathers in my life but I have mentors I respect, like General Muhammadu Buhari the leader of our party. I have same for former President Olusegun Obasanjo. I worked for him but even Obasanjo cannot force me to do what is not right. I am not designed so,” he insisted.


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  • The Last Don

    Reminds me of a little boy(Rufai) hiding behind his Dad(APC) and throwing stones at people. ‘Sambo is a nobody in Kaduna politics’??? So WHO Is ‘somebody’ then? (H)ell-Rufai?? Hahahahahaha! The joke of the century!
    I can not say which party is more popular btwn PDP/APC in Kaduna, but one thing I can swear is Rufai can NEVER be more popular than Sambo in Kaduna state.. NOT BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION!
    Put APC/PDP aside, assuming Sambo & Rufai are independent candidates, will Rufai be able to win even his household??
    Anyone who says otherwise is a blatant liar! The basis for this wild comparison does NOT exist..not even in the mind if a hallucinating ‘weeWee’ smoker!

    • Baba Messi

      Damn right! Rufai, aka; Mad bulldozer is only popular on Facebook, Twitter, whatsapp, Premium Times, Badoo, and other irrelevant social media sites!

    • Wähala

      You are the crass liar if you say El-Rufai’s wife and children would vote against him if he and Sambo were independent candidates. El-Rufai spoke about verifiable fact, did Sambo win his ward in the last presidential elections or not? That’s how you argue intelligently, not just throw-up sand bcos it’s there for free. FYI, that mumu Sambo will be dropped for Dumbo to have a chance at the next general elections. If he gets dumped, ask him to pick up the ticket for KD Guber race let’s test your theory of popularity. Sycophancy is a disease… you’re infected!

      • Goodluck_Nigeria

        Why is it that APC does not have credible candidates at all levels ?

        Imagine APC trying to impose a 72+ old man on us ………. now they want to impose El Rufai as Governor of Kaduna State (God forbid) ………. Kaduna is not ready for an “accidental Governor” who will unleash Jimi Lawal on them as he did at FCT …….. and loot the entire treasury of Kaduna State aka Pentascope style.

        • Baba Messi

          I salute u for having your facts.
          Back in the days before I had to leave that country, I remember being a little kid and listening to my parents talk of what that Jimi Lawal did to a family friend who was one of those who floated the Alpha Merchant Bank. This family were never the same after Jimi swindled them. Virtually nearly sent them to an early grave.
          Now I ask, if Rufai is as squeaky clean as he wants us to believe, why did he ‘do business’ with a certified crook with regards to the sale of guvrnmnt houses????
          Only the gullible without facts can be deceived in Naija. Not some of us..

      • Onike24

        Why are you replying this fellow? Honestly, your reply ” lends” him credibility which he doesn’t deserve

  • Jamal Jemil



    Remember the Chris Ngige/Anambra debacle: Ngige was the most popular but lost because he belonged to a WRONG PARTY!
    Pls do not let this become the Rufai/Kaduna debacle: APC will lose because it will be said ‘they fielded the WRONG CANDIDATE’!

    A stitch in time saves nine.

    SIGNED: Worried APC Member

    • Abbakar Abdul

      a party politician like you. tell me what good your party did to develop kaduna

      • Jamal Jemil

        My Party is APC sir. PDP has done little to develop Kaduna St. But WE WILL LOSE IF WE FIELD RUFAI!

        • Factual

          Why??? Elaborate.

          • Jamal

            He is not popular!
            The might be, but honestly he is not.
            Obasanjo just brought him to the limelight a few years ago.
            He is NOT known at the grassroots.
            This is a fact.

          • Factual

            But as an APC member you can help in making him known at the grassroots. That’s if you believe he can deliver good governance.

          • Deltans

            Don’t you see that most elected politicians were NOT known at the grassroots before they got to the offices? Mr. Jonathan is a good example. He was JUST brought to limelight by Obasanjo.

        • Abbakar Abdul

          i dont agree with you if free and fair election is to be conducted

  • Goodluck_Nigeria

    Some mothers do have them !!!!

  • Abbakar Abdul

    elrufai for kaduna. everyone should follow

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Mallam, please be advised that you can only under-rate Namadi Sambo at your own peril.

    He was Governor before he became VP. Surely, that counts for something.

    There is no room for complacency as the Ekiti and Osun States elections have shown.

    I am an APC supporter, please do not give us cause to say you were told.

    • Wähala

      Sambo will be dropped as VP and is welcome to pick up the Guber ticket against El-Rufai…
      talk is free but this time I think El-Ruffy is on point. Sambo has no records as governor and VP so it’s an easy choice if it comes down to the two men. Complacency or gra-gra, methinks it’s all part of the show-boating. Wetin you expect… El rufai to bow and concede the state to PDP just because their mugu son is VP? Mba nu. It works differently. LoL!

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Hey, Wahala.

        You are giving irredeemable something to be happy about! He is probably thinkuing you are disagreeing with “yourself”. lol.

        I agree with you that Sambo may look like a paper weight, but with the full PDP rigging machine behind him, he could easily become a juggernaut!

        I hope Mallam el-Rufia is not being complacent, but making gra gra and that Mallam Sambo is quaking in his boots or salubata because of the gra gra.

        All said, nothing is to be taken for granted.

    • Baba Messi

      You are a sensible man.
      You still have the ability to analyze situations objectively and dispassionately.
      Unlike most APC supporters.
      Good for u..

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        A back handed compliment?

        • Baba Messi

          I assure u that was an ‘Open handed’ compliment.
          A civil APC supporter is an endangered specie.
          No pretense about shenanigans here bro..

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Thanks, but I know a good handful too, on both sides of the political divide.

      • Otile

        Menini wanan, duka suka taya.

        • Baba Messi

          Haba mallam. Barka da sallah.
          Ina naman Rago????

  • u s man

    Small but mighty, the masses of kaduna are solidly behind u, imaging the developmental project going on here in kano, all we need is for EL-RUFAI to put all the machinery in place at the top n leave the rest for the masses . We need a fearless person like EL-RUFAI Who will take the bull by the horn.

  • Ibrahim D Abubakar

    We are behind you sir, and by God grace you would be the next Governor of Kaduna state.

  • ogbuefiakajiaku

    Pride goes before a fall. If you were this courageous why go on exile when Yardua threatened you. Now the finger that fed you is being bitten. There is God and we should fear Him.

  • Scalywag

    For those who don’t know him his alias is ‘GIANT’ and definitely not one with clay feet. And he has spoken

  • Logologo

    I hope. Weeds is not legalized in kaduna

    • dan’Kaduna

      It might not be, but obviously, some people are hiding to smoke it!
      Na d work of ‘WeeWee’ b dis oo..

  • Psalm 35

    Kaduna people please be careful, don’t make the mistake of voting this guy, you already have enough clue

  • Dele

    Nigeria needs people like El-Rufai. I believe El-Rufai will be part of the team to turn this country around and set it on the course of greatness. Jonathan and his team in Abuja and Kaduna are clueless and have been disastrous to the country. APC should be vigilant. No sensible person will vote for PDP. All PDP is counting on is rigging with the help of security agencies and some bad elements in the INEC.

  • Otile

    The guy standing in the middle looks like a product between our VP and his Hajiya.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    And El-Rufai considers himself ‘somebody’ in Nigerian politics, just because he was a minister and subsequently a noisemaker all over the place! Wonders shall never end. Let him dive into Kaduna politics and he will come out with a bruised nose.

  • Ibraheem

    Who is El-Rufai? An empty barrel making the loudest noise. Be sure that PDP is holding on to our state Kaduna. El-Rufai forget your ambition to govern Kaduna. It’s just a dream and so it remains.

    • Mr Mosh

      just tell us what PDP has done to Kaduna.

  • Duro

    I’m surely not for elrufai but the vp has failed kaduna in his concentration to please Jonathan to the level he didn’t know the difference btw staff nd vp, I think he think he is the later.

  • Romberg

    It is a shame you are trying to promise Nigerian what APC never did promise. 2016 budget is inevitable, but APC is yet to come up with a single policy direction around it. Will they copy the PDP’s corrupt template or develop a new model? As much as I noticed, there was the room to reorganise the economy with a supplemental budget since June 2015. Regrettably, that never happened. 2016 budget should have been ready by now. But how can that be without a functional cabinet? We cried and whinged, we were not taken seriously. I will be surprised personally if 2016 budget is finalised and made ready for execution by April/May 2016. Cabinet will be formed in October (by the earliest). The new minister needs circa 60 days to collate the budget. The National Assembly might not finish their budget debate until after 3 months. How is this the best way to run a country? APC has had the chance to succeed. However it seems they cannot get anything right – no clear policy within the first 4 months of government, they are incoherent, nothing seems to be falling in place. 2019 wil be too short for Nigerians to judge. It’s a pain indeed.