El-Rufai, Atiku clash on radio

El-Rufai
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar left the All Progressives Congress (APC) not for the reasons he claimed but because APC governors had endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in 2019, Kaduna governor, Nasiru El-Rufai, said.

Mr. El-Rufai spoke on a Voice of America (VOA) Hausa service programme, “Democracy Today”.

The governor featured on the programme alongside the former vice president and a former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido.

Mr. El-rufai had also disputed the claims of the former vice president that the ruling APC abandoned him after he sponsored the 2015 campaign of President Buhari.

The governor challenged Mr. Abubakar to show proofs that he gave out money in support of Mr. Buhari’s campaign.

When asked about his ambition now that he is a full member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the former vice president said he would let Nigerians know his position about 2019 if he eventually make up his mind.

Prior to his defection to the PDP, Mr. Abubakar was reportedly said to have given conditions before returning to the party, and that included assurance of getting the party’s presidential ticket for 2019.

The former governor of Jigawa state, Mr. Lamido, who is also being tipped as a contender for the PDP presidential ticket come 2019, said though the party celebrates the return of Mr. Abubakar, his being in the party would not deter him from actualising his dream of running.

“Obviously we are happy that our former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has come back to PDP. It was PDP that made him; so his coming back to his party is our collective joy. We are not talking about him only; as a matter of fact, we want others who left the party like the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, as well as former governors to come back home.

“If our interest is to see the progress and development of our dear country, Nigeria, then we should also pray that everyone who left PDP should return home.”

Governor El-Rufai said Mr. Abubakar’s exit from the APC was more about his personal ambition than the interest of Nigeria.

“We in the APC were aware of it long ago that Atiku was going to leave the APC back to the PDP in December; but we even thank God that he left in November,” said Mr. El- Rufai.

He said the former vice president left simply because it was made clear to him that he would not get the APC ticket following the governors’ endorsement of Mr. Buhari for a second term in 2019.

“Atiku had seen that we in the APC, especially the APC governors, had made up our mind to support President Muhammadu Buhari to run again in 2019,” Mr. El-Rufai said. “That is why he left APC since he was only looking for where to contest for president.”

He argued that even without Mr. Buhari contesting the 2019 election, Mr. Abubakar who was defeated by Kano state former Kano governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, to third position in the 2015 APC primary, would not have been the party’s ticket bearer in the next election.

“Even in the 2015 APC primary election, Atiku didn’t come second; he was floored by Kwankwaso. So, even if President Buhari decides not to contest, Atiku knows that the APC ticket is not sure for him. Majority of the APC governors have endorsed President Buhari as our candidate for 2019.

“And God has continued to improve the health condition of the President. Each time I see him, I thank God and I still pray that God continues to give him sound health.

“So, by 2019, we are waiting to see Atiku contest; we are waiting to contest against him and see what happens. I cannot lose sleep because Atiku wants to contest because, by God’s grace, this is the reign of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“It is agreed that in politics if you lose even only one person, it should worry you, but the utterances of the former Vice President that APC used his money; who did he give the money to? For me, I know those that supported us with their money and property that we used during election, and I never heard the name of Atiku that he brought a dime. If Atiku said he brought money, who did he give it to? Let him come and say it and how much did he give and what was it used for?

“And, in fact, if Atiku brought money, I ought to know, because I was part of the leadership of the party and during campaign, along with former Governor Rotimi Amaechi. We were at the centre of the presidential campaign. Therefore, we are supposed to know. So, let him mention who he gave the money and how much?

On his opinion about the rumour that large number of politicians are likely to follow Mr. Abubakar in defecting to the opposition PDP, Mr. El-Rufai said “Sure, we know that, we cannot rule out the possibility of some greedy people following him; those that are following material things. But, if people will consider how we can work for the progress of our country, everybody knows that you cannot compare Atiku with President Muhammadu Buhari”.


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  • Oskirin

    over to u atiku…

  • tsunami1earthquake

    The argument that Atiku did not give financial support for Buhari’s campaign cannot be sustained. Granted that I was not there when these monies were being passed around, commonsense tells me that there was no way Atiku would refuse or neglect to make that financial support in the midst of other members making their own financial contributions. No, such an argument cannot be sustained.

    El-rufai must think again. He is being economical with the truth; or is downright cheeky.

    • Joe

      Even Lucifer knows that truth is almost impossible from elrufai. Very wicked and dangerous fellow.

      • oladipupo akintade

        …….but truth is possible from Atiku…. ?

      • aisha ani

        Do you know him personally?

        • joe

          How to know a lying and wicked leader:
          1. His actions, what he does in the society was it to improve his people or undermining the people. When the wicked rules, the people mourn, in pain, in anguish, in need of help.
          2. His utterances: does is utterances inspires, motivates and give hope to the people or frustrates them. From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
          Elrufai fulfilled these two. When he was a minister, the poor and the rich were in pained because of his actions and he is repeating the same thing in kaduna. No one have ever seen satan, but his manifestation of destruction, killings and lies are everywhere. Elrufai has never improve or bless any society apart from destruction. Its possible he may have improve the lives of individuals, but collectively, never!!!. Above all, he hates the poor masses who are in the majority.

    • Julius

      In that case the next thing for Atiku to do is to answer El-rufai and tell everybody who he gave the money to. Ain’t that simple enough ?

    • Julius

      In that case the next thing for Atiku is to answer El-rufai and tell everybody who he gave the money to.

      • aisha ani

        Thank you and I don’t think that’s too difficult.

        • Julius

          It is to the haters ..sad to say !

    • oladipupo akintade

      ‘El-rufai must think again. He is being economical with the truth; or is downright cheeky’ …… I tot u shul tink twice as well .

      ‘Granted that I was not there when these monies were being passed around,’ …….dats gud ; u ar neutral.

      ‘commonsense tells me that there was no way Atiku would refuse or neglect to make that financial support in the midst of other members making their own financial contributions’ ……..Y dis again ? Allow dos who ar involved to come out wt evidence .( ‘El-rufai said nothing like dat, let Atiku comes out )

  • Tom Akor

    I’ve always known that El-Rufai speaks from both sides of his mouth. Not too long ago, he wrote such a damning memo about the Buhari led administration. When he realised what consequences would follow such audacity, he made a quick u turn and has decided to pick the Former vice President, who interestingly is one person who was very instrumental to hiscoming to political limelight as the next punching bag. In all that El-Rufai has been, he’s always at war with one person or the other as a way of showing his political relevance. Who hasn’t he fought and insulted? Is it Obasanjo, or is Yar-Adua? If he could attempt to discredit Buhari at a point when most Nigerians were beginning to get disillusioned about the current government just so he appears like someone who feels the pulse of the masses, in an apparent attempt to make himself look look like a suitable substitute, I won’t be surprised at what ever vituperations he would spew at the Waziri of Adamawa. I know one thing for sure, he El-Rufai will never ever smell anything in semblance of even the office of Vice President! He should be desperately trying to see if he can get another term in Kaduna. Even that office of Kaduna Governor may not be assured due to his obvious gaffes in office. Disloyalty redefined! That man! ish!

    • Tunde

      Indeed! But you need people that will tell you the truth when you’re erring, right? I’m glad he’s a supporter of PMB

  • princegab

    El is a spent politician. He is afraid that Atiku’s presidency is inevitable as pmb’s administration has failed woefully.

    • tundemash

      Atiku’s Presidency inevitable ? Sarcasm …… right ? I would indulge you your fantasy of claiming Buhari’s administration fald woefully (in your opinion anyway) so is Atiku your best option ? Is the North you claimed was parasitic no more parasitic then or u just flow to anywhere the wind blows?

  • bruce uba

    If Atiku, was number 3 in 2015 and doesn’t even qualify to be number one if PMB declines 2019, then, why has he remained in APC until November? If indeed Atiku’s ambition is the presidency (and not service to Nigeria), then why has he not founded another party or joined some other platform that will gladly offer him the ticket? If Atiku made no financial contribution to APC in 2015, then on what basis was he a member of the party? Clearly, El-Rufai’s position is ambiguous! Why is Atiku hesitant to acknowledge his interest in the presidency and reserved about his declaration for the office? If Atiku has followers in the APC who are greedy and after material things (as El-Rufai alleges) why are they still allowed to remain in the APC? My surmise is that the onus is now on Atiku to showcase his plan, strategy and manifesto in clear terms and most importantly to declare boldly and courageously what his plans for Nigeria are! Nothing but a resolute position can get his ambition anywhere.

    • oladipupo akintade

      ‘If Atiku, was number 3 in 2015 and doesn’t even qualify to be number one if PMB declines 2019, then, why has he remained in APC until November?’ …..Waiting for the right time dat PDP would ensure his coming
      ‘If indeed Atiku’s ambition is the presidency (and not service to Nigeria), then why has he not founded another party or joined some other platform that will gladly offer him the ticket?’………bcos Atiku is not a strong person , always looking for already made platform
      ‘If Atiku made no financial contribution to APC in 2015, then on what basis was he a member of the party? ….Is it everyone dats a member dat pays financial contribution ? Remember dat dos who intentionally donate have reasons for doing dat
      ‘Clearly, El-Rufai’s position is ambiguous!’ ……Its not ambiguous- its straight forward for dos who are intelligent .Research why atiku took away AC or ACN cert of registration , den u would conclude how desperate he is.
      ‘My surmise is that the onus is now on Atiku to showcase his plan, strategy and manifesto in clear terms and most importantly to declare boldly and courageously what his plans for Nigeria are! Nothing but a resolute position can get his ambition anywhere.’ ….So lets wait for dat

      • aisha ani

        Thank you for breaking the whole thing down.

  • The Percolator

    El-Rufai is duplicitous and machiavellian. Hearing his utterances…. no one will believe it was Atiku that brought him from irrelevance to the limelight (when he made him DG of BPE). Biting the hand that fed you shows you are NOT to be trusted. He is a scheming sycophant and zealot. You can disagree with your former mentor and still be respectful. Clearly, El-Rufai will do ANYTHING for power.

    • tundemash

      Yeah right, just like the Otuoke cl0wn did to OBJ too and what was your comment then ?
      So if someone helps you , you ought to sell yur soul to him. E-rats and crumbs, yam and goats comes to mind !

    • Sanusi Mohammed

      And so what?if Atiku brought El-Rufai to the limelight.Atiku must be brought to the limelight by someone,that does not mean he should not be challenged when he is wrong.El-Rufai have challenged him let him come out and say how much and who did he give the alledged money to period.

      • The Percolator

        El-Rufai can challenge Atiku and criticize him without insulting him. Someone feeds you and you turn around to attack will never sit well with any clear thinking person. The way El-Rufai exalts PMB today was the same way he exalted Atiku when Atiku was in a position of power. Let’s see what happens when PMB is no longer in power. Let us see if he will continue to exalt him.

        • tundemash

          You have an e-rat mentality whose mentor must be worshipped at all times.

          • The Percolator

            You choosing to throw insults instead of making your case says it all.

          • tundemash

            You called someone else “a scheming sycophant and zealot”. I guess that is a praise in your fantasy world kid ?

  • Rev

    Very sick people.

  • watersnake

    i did not read any uterance from mr atiku – the story featured only the thoughts of mr el rufai. so, why use the word “clash” in your title? perhaps i’m wrong, but if anyone has a contrary opinion i’m all ears!

    • nedson

      True talk

  • realist

    If the roles are swapped, Atiku is the president and Buhari is in the position of Atiku, El Rufai will performed similar role. He is Cassius like, in the Julius’s Caesar story. Not out of love for Buhari but sychophancy is in El rufai’s blood.

  • Tony Parker

    El Rufai is a greenhorn politician compared to Atiku and as such I don’t expect Atiku to bring himself so low to grovel in the mud with him. So here is a response to El-Rufai from someone with inner information.

    Rufai lied about Atiku’s contribution to Buhari’s victory in 2015 – Timi Frank

    Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives
    Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has said Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna
    State lied by saying that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar did not
    make tangible contribution to the 2015 presidential campaign of the
    ruling party.

    El-rufai, who spoke on a Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Service Programme, “Democracy Today”, had challenged Atiku to mention those who collected his financial contribution to the presidential campaign from him.

    However, Frank, in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, described
    the governor’s statement as “a height of ingratitude of a jilted lover.”

    He implored the Kaduna State governor to refresh his memory by either
    watching the campaign video or meeting the then Director General of the
    APC Presidential Campaign Council, Rotimi Ameachi, for the record of
    what transpired before, during and after the campaign in 2015.

    He
    said, “Amaechi has record of those who contributed to the campaign. So,
    if El-rufai does not know, he should contact the Minister of
    Transportation. Moreover, it is on record that the former Vice President
    had responsibility for seven states during the campaign.

    “Again,
    it is also on record that Atiku’s media asset was transferred to the
    campaign. If El-rufai has forgotten so soon, the Director of Media, APC
    Presidential Campaign Council, Malam Garba Shehu, who is now the
    spokesman to the President, was handed over to the party campaign team
    from Atiku Media office, the deputy director of Atiku media team Mr Paul
    Ibe was also part of APC media team during the 2015 campaign and other
    key members of Atiku’s group. I don’t know how El-rufai will quantify
    the cost?

    “Moreover, President Muhammadu Buhari, as a
    President-elect himself acknowledged the role these people played as a
    group when he met with them at the Defence House in Abuja.”

    He
    advised the governor of Kaduna to stop what he called “his political
    sycophantic act toward President Buhari” and urged the President to
    study El-rufai’s antecedents in politics.

  • Tony Parker

    “The campaign that brought in President Muhammadu Buhari has a director-general and I can’t remember Mallam El-Rufai, being the DG of that campaign” Before El Rufai start running his mouth like some with mouth Diarrhea he be wise enough to do his proper due diligence by “asking the DG of the campaign to give him the record of those who contributed” He El Rufai was not part of the team as he is ticklishly now trying to portray himself as member. Amechi knows those who contributed financially and otherwise. Is it even conceivable that a man with the resources Atiku has will be in APC and contribute nothing? No rational mind that has been following Atiku’s political life will ever draw such a silly conclusion unless a grown man that wears a size 2 shoes like El Rufai the highest ingrate ever.