Kaduna 2015: Desperate PDP goes comical, El-Rufai says

A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has deplored moves by the state government to create doubts about his citizenship of the state.

In a statement on Wednesday, the El-Rufai Campaign Organisation, said rather than face serious issues of governance confronting it, the Peoples Democratic Party-led government and its rulers had desperately gone comical by focusing on his roots.

The organisation, in the statement by its Director of Media, Mohammed Soba, said it recalled that the government spent last weekend accusing Mr. El-Rufai, a former Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, of funding one of the PDP governorship aspirants in the state and now followed it up by assuming the temerity and authority to decide his identity for him.

It said, “Having been stung by his critique of their poor performance in Kaduna State, they decided on a ridiculous way to stem the negative assessments: simply declare El-Rufai a non-indigene of Kaduna State in the vain hope to thereby nullify the criticism. And pronto, the PDP simply decreed that El-Rufai is from Katsina State.”

Stating though that it would “not dignify their backwardness save to set the record straight,” the organisation, however, explained that Mr. El-Rufai was born in the ancient city of Zaria and therefore an indigene of the state.

It said, “Malam Nasir El-Rufai was born to Malam Ahmad Rufai, from Zaria. His oldest brother, Air Vice Marshall Ali Rufai (rtd), enlisted in the Nigerian armed forces as an indigene of Zaria. Another older brother, Bashir El-Rufai, had a long career in the federal public service as an indigene of Kaduna State.

“All three El-Rufai brothers are listed in the Who is Who of Zazzau Emirate, a compendium of renowned sons and daughters of Zaria. Alhaji Nuhu Bamalli, the first Zaria indigene to be appointed a federal minister, was an uncle to El-Rufai’s father, and was a well-respected Magajin Garin Zazzau.”

The organisation also noted that when Mr. El-Rufai served as the Director General of the BPE and as Minister of the FCT, there was no question of his status as a Kaduna man.

It explained that prior to joining the public service, the governorship aspirant had established his fledgling Quantity Surveying firm in Kaduna since 1982, after completing primary, secondary and university education within the state.

It said now that his bid to serve as Kaduna governor is gathering momentum, they shame themselves anew.

“They are exposing themselves badly enough as masters of division, pettiness and falsehood,” the campaign organisation said.
“They are well-known as specialists in separating people along faultlines, be they ethnic, religious and regional, and they are unrelenting in setting so-called settlers against indigenes.

“A spectre is obviously haunting them, and they are running from pillar to post. But their daydream will deliver nothing, for comedy never trumps reality.”

The organisation also said Mr. El-Rufai would be offering a positive alternative to the people of Kaduna State and that the people found him credible because he is a man that has made a success of every public office he has held.

It stated that the aspirant is engaging with and mobilising the people of Kaduna State for a mighty effort of change, stressing, “That is a most worthy focus.”


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  • Dodon Doya

    Citizenship vs indigeneship? I thought the constitution is clear about who contests election. It will be shameful if someone is disqualified to contest an election on account of his/her indigeneship. But everything is possible in the times of unabashed impunity under the PDP. Whither Nigeria? Arise, oh! Compatriots.

  • TRUTH MASTER

    If this is all the PDP can come up with it against el-Rufai, then the party has already lost the election.

    But really, there is no surprise: PDP exploits all the nation’s fault lines to divide the people.That’s the stock in trade of the feckless party!

    • Ayo Kellany

      by the grace of God PDP is on it’s way out from all Nigerian states IJN

      • TRUTH MASTER

        I say AMEN to that!

  • MushinSpeaks

    PDP can so play the ethnic card… Shame on them; their tactics has already failed.

    Yero is a clear example of Jonathan; just as the President couldnt protect us from Boko Haram, so is Yero not protecting his citizens from incessant attack from the herdmen terroriaing the state. Two failed individuals that want a re-election.

    The people are now wiser and they want change!

    • Peter

      Are you northerners not ashamed that in a modern Nigerian setting killings and suicide bombings, are the order of the day in your region? Something is wrong with the north. Maybe they should look for another country that they can call their own because they don’t fit into the new world and Nigerian order. If one must ask, just what is your problem that your people are killing each other. I think that nemesis is at work. The blood of those innocent southerners that were killed on northern soil are at war. We only know when this war started but will not predict when it will end.

  • nwa Biafra

    Dissidents’ of usman danfodio, a Sudanese Islamic militant leader that captured and conquered northern Nigeria,, they claim every where to be their homes.

  • Maria

    Some descendants of pharaoh of Egypt now called Igbos must be ejected from Nigeria back to the upper Nile Valley where they migrated from, ASAP

    • tundemash

      Maria .. stop that nonsense. Ethnic and religious division is the game of PDP.

  • Peter

    The Kaduna midget will fall like a pack of loose sand.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    El-Rufai, the Kaduna State government is in its own right to determine your citizenship of Kaduna State. The state is not persecuting you; it is only carrying out a check with due process; and if you are a Kaduna indigene, all well and good. I remember warning you that you open your mouth too much. You should have concentrated on your politicking and telling the good electorate of Kaduna why you are a good candidate for governor. But rather you are jabbing, biting and snapping at your opponents. That is politics with bitterness.

  • Spoken word

    Why is it that PDP only focuses on dividing people along ethnic and religious lines.when will they act like a party in power and deal with fact and figures.enough of this pettiness.

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    Divide, shred, and conquer—the PDP strategy.

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  • thetwin

    Katsina is so close to Kaduna, and the two were at one time same states, even if Mallam El Rufai was the decendant of out Brtish Colonial Masters, I will still vote for him rather than this clown called Yero who is a clueless underachiever and has nothing to offer. El Rufai 2015 (by God’s mercies).