2015: Buhari endorses El-Rufai for Kaduna governorship seat

A former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, has endorsed the governorship aspiration of one-time Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nasir El-Rufai, in Kaduna State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr. Buhari, himself a presidential aspirant on the party’s ticket, disclosed in Kaduna on Monday, during Mr. El-Rufai’s formal declaration to run for governor, that he asked the former minister to for the position, despite his (El-Rufai) total devotion to working for him.

He expressed confidence that the governorship aspirant would provide good leadership for the state.

“You are not doing El-Rufai a favour by voting for him, you are doing yourselves a favour,” Mr. Buhari told the teeming crowd of supporters that witnessed the event.

Mr. Buhari described Mr. El-Rufai as a “pragmatic and prudent manager of resources,” who would champion the rescue mission in Kaduna State and dispense justice fairly to everyone.

He stated, “I agreed to come here to raise El-Rufai’s hand as governorship aspirant in Kaduna State because he is strong and fearless in carrying out his work.”

The presidential aspirant said Kaduna is the heart of Northern Nigeria and that many workers, serving and retired, made Kaduna their base and therefore people like the former FCT minister would be needed to manage public resources without turning it into their pockets.

“We need leaders that will use public resources and bring about development, let the poor get sound education, let there be security and good health care and most importantly peace and harmony irrespective religion and ethnicity, because of this do vote him as your governor,” Mr. Buhari said.

Mr. El-Rufai had declared his governorship ambition before a mammoth crowd in Kaduna on Monday.

At the event, the former minister said he would fix the state just as he described the current administration of Murktar Yero as “incompetent.”


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  • Smith Scott

    This is your beginning of losing. Start counting as you will lose more than 10 elections going down the line for allowing a loser to raise your hand up.

    • George

      O yes my brother I was wondering who is Buhari to rise anybody hand up for an election, failure always Mallams never learn from histories.

  • SMK

    Chai! this el-rufai short oh, lol… but he is the best man to transform Kaduna into what it ought to be

  • Derene

    GENERAL MUHAMMADU BUHARI: THE UNTOLD STORY

    The Nigerian media must take a deep breath. Nigerian journalists could get clobbered in reputation if they don’t rethink their olden but silly assumptions. Quite dogmatically, Nigerian journalists do not revise or update their files when the actual facts change in regard to General Muhammadu Buhari – a presidential aspirant in the 2015 unlikely general election. With Nigerian journalists thus lost in a sort of ossified time-warp the following questions arise:

    • What is the difference between Mr. Goodluck Jonathan –
    who has no abiding sense of right and wrong in his corruptive
    obsession to hold onto power regardless of the awful results of his governance –
    and, General Muhammadu Buhari who was the first ex-head of state to drive himself
    to Kano and pledge support for Sanusi Lamido Sanusi – who was and is still under
    investigation for 650 billion corruptive mismanagent of the Central Bank of Nigeria
    in addition to being a wanted man by the State Security Service [DSS]
    for terrorist financing in Nigeria?

    • Since being overthrown as military head of state for autocratic extra-judicial killings
    in 1985, what steps, if any, did General Muhammadu Buhari thereafter take to merit
    the appellation of an anti-corruption crusader – just one step he took since 1985?

    • If no anti-corruption stance was taken by General Muhammadu Buhari since the year 1985,
    are Nigerian journalists incapable of reasoning out the simple proposition that
    General Muhammadu Buhari was briefly an anti-corruption crusader but he is no more?

    • Can Nigerian journalists discern the truth that in all matters affecting northern Muslims
    General Muhammadu Buhari instead shows consistency as an open abettor of corruption,
    as exemplified again here by his publicly endorsing Nasir El Rufai – whose own corruptive
    and nepotic allocation of Abuja lands to his wife and children (in effect to himself as the
    then Minister of Abuja Federal Territory)
    ?

  • Words on Marble

    What is the difference between Mr. Goodluck Jonathan –
    who has no abiding sense of right and wrong in his corruptive
    obsession to hold onto power regardless of the awful results of his governance –
    and, General Muhammadu Buhari who was the first ex-head of state to drive himself
    to Kano and pledge support for Sanusi Lamido Sanusi – who was and is still under
    investigation for 650 billion corruptive mismanagent of the Central Bank of Nigeria
    in addition to being a wanted man by the State Security Service [DSS]
    for terrorist financing in Nigeria?

    Since being overthrown as military head of state for autocratic extra-judicial killings
    in 1985, what steps, if any, did General Muhammadu Buhari thereafter take to merit
    the appellation of an anti-corruption crusader – just one step he took since 1985?

    If no anti-corruption stance was taken by General Muhammadu Buhari since the year 1985,
    are Nigerian journalists incapable of reasoning out the simple proposition that
    General Muhammadu Buhari was briefly an anti-corruption crusader but he is no more?

    Can Nigerian journalists discern the truth that in all matters affecting northern Muslims
    General Muhammadu Buhari instead shows consistency as an open abettor of corruption,
    as exemplified again here by his publicly endorsing Nasir El Rufai – whose own corruptive
    and nepotic allocation of Abuja lands to his wife and children (in effect to himself as the
    then Minister of Abuja Federal Territory)?

    • Alexander

      Editor Premium Times,

      I think based on this Nasir El Rufai case, Adeyemi Ikuforiji (Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly)

      too must be brought back to court to stand trial for moneylaundering. He’s not yet had his day in court.

      He was merely let go by Justice Ibrahim Buba without having to state his defence on how and why

      he had over 500 million Naira in cash, as a public servant, and disbursed all of that cash
      without going through a bank.

      Justice Ibrahim Buba hindered the truth by amost acting as defence counsel for Adeyemi Ikuforiji,

      and saying the money was requested for official purpose. That is not the role of a Judge.

      No official purpose could be met without a banking transaction for audit purpose. Justice Ibrahim
      Buba in my view desecrated the law of the case and signalled the rest of
      society to take out 500 million Naira in cash from government treasury and
      variously disburse it without going through any bank for tellers and proofs of
      payment that would be needed for auditors’ checks.

    • Encore

      Editor Premium Times

      I think based on this Nasir El Rufai case, Adeyemi Ikuforiji (Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly)
      too must be brought back to court to stand trial for moneylaundering. He’s not yet had his day in court.
      He was merely let go by Justice Ibrahim Buba without having to state his defence on how and why
      he had over 500 million Naira in cash, as a public servant, and disbursed all of that cash
      without going through a bank.

      Justice Ibrahim Buba hindered the truth by amost acting as defence counsel for Adeyemi Ikuforiji,
      and saying the money was requested for official purpose. That is not the role of a Judge.
      No official purpose could be met without a banking transaction for audit purpose. Justice Ibrahim
      Buba in my view desecrated the law of the case and signalled the rest of
      society to take out 500 million Naira in cash from government treasury and
      variously disburse it without going through any bank for tellers and proofs of
      payment that would be needed for auditors’ checks.

      • Domingoes

        LAGOS HAS DETERIORATES TO 3RD WORLD CITY IN THE WORLD

        “The January 2014 global study of cities in the world done by the British Economist
        Intelligence Unit has ranked Lagos, Nigeria, as the 3rd worst liveable city in the world.
        Lagos has degraded further from its awful status in 2012 as the 4th worst city.”

        “On a scale of 100 Lagos now has the third poorest score of 39.0 of all cities in the world assessed.”

        “The study titled ‘livability’ assessed particular characteristics of each city, such as its crime levels,
        the threat of conflict, the quality of medical care, the levels of censorship, the city temperature,
        the quality of its schools and its transport links.”

        ………Reported by British Telegraph

        (January 2014)

        • emmanuel

          Eko ti Baje o!

          Lagos of Pot holes everywhere nor dey work o. The more the IGR, the worst the state becomes.

          Abracadabra mathematics!

      • Alkalimam

        FOR THIS IS ALL WE KNOW………………….

        • ₦38.23billion developed legs and got missing in Central Bank under
        Sanusi Lamido

        • ₦1.97billion was paid out in cash and entered on CBN accounts as
        “inexplicable expense”,

        • ₦20billion was paid out in cash as Legal Fees by Sanusi Lamido to
        persons un-known,

        • ₦3.086billion was paid out in cash by Sanusi Lamido as expense to
        promote Central Bank image,

        • ₦160billion was paid out for CBN on self-determined activities,

        • ₦240billion was discretionally doled out at will as ‘donations’ by
        Sanusi Lamido,

        • ₦1.12billion was taken in cash and entered as paid to a non-operating
        airline for charter service,

        • ₦1.12billion was claimed as spent by Sanusi Lamido on luncheon for CBN
        police guards in one year,

        • None of these items (above) had due process certification or prior
        authorization of the Board of CBN or of President Goodluck Jonathan.

        • Durosanmi Peters

          Alkali,

          i am impressed by what you know. Very impressed, actually. There may still be some hope for Nigeria, with someone like you who refuses to be distracted from the real issues, but your numbers will need to swell up to a significant figure to make Nigeria an accountable place.

          What’s been going in that country is worse than banditry. Anyone in public office dips his filthy hands into the treasury and spends public money for any fanciful idea that comes first to his mind, without true invoices or receipts; even if that first impulsive idea be a gold chain for a girlfriend.

          No country in the world can ever be peaceful or liveable where ‘governance’ means the same thing as ‘plunder’. Till today, President Goodluck Jonathan has not been able to convince a South African High Court that the 13 million dollars or so seized by the Customs in that country had originated from lawful custody in Nigeria and were properly withdrawn from the treasury with due notices given to all accounting bodies in Nigeria- rather than stolen for moneylaundering.

        • Salihu

          You are crazy to suggest that a whole Emir of Kano should be arrested and imprisoned. Haba!

          Whatever Sanusi Lamido did in the past, whether he stole or not, is gone with immunity of Emirs.

      • Femi P. Bada

        @ Encore:

        Yea, yea! I agree, for according to Professor Soyinka, ‘justice is the first condition of humanity’.
        Adeyemi Ikuforiji, the Speaker of Lagos House of Assembly, must face justice at the Appeal Court.
        It is bad history that the Nigerian Judiciary ransoms all accused criminals with unreasonable acquittals.
        Several of these High Court Judges may themselves face revolutionary justice when the time comes.
        Judges have lost the trust of the people as only accused criminals trust Nigeria’s Judges will do as asked.

      • emmanuel

        Did you mention Ibrahim Buba? That is the new name for Judicial Jankara.

        Those who transfer cases to him know why – To kill such cases and let the culprits off the hook no matter the gravity of the crime.

        Alooma Mukhtar we hail your judicial reform. Turn your neck the other way inspite of Jankara Judicial applications.

  • olawale

    If you are a follower of Femi Fani Kayode and Femi Aribisala, this is for you.
    Nnamdi Azikiwe => Christian => 1963
    Major-General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi => Christian => 1966
    General Yakubu Gowon => Christian => 1966
    General Murtala Mohammed => Muslim => 1975
    Major-General Olusegun Obasanjo => Christian => 1976
    Shehu Shagari => Muslim => 1979
    Major-General Muhammadu Buhari => Muslim => 1983
    General Ibrahim Babangida => Muslim => 1985
    Ernest Shonekan => Christian => 1993
    General Sani Abacha => Muslim => 1993
    General Abdulsalami Abubakar => Muslim => 1993
    Olusegun Obasanjo => Christian => 1999
    Umaru Musa Yar’Adua => Muslim => 2007
    Goodluck Jonathan => Christian => 2010-date

    Out of 14, we have 7 Christians and 7 Muslims

    In South west, it is said that between 1979 – 1983 all the SW states
    (Ogun, Oyo, Ondo) were ruled by Christian-Christian tickets. Until the
    advent of Amosun, Ogun state had never had a muslim governor! Just 4
    years ago, before Aregbesola, Osun was a under a Christian-Christian
    ticket (Oyinlola and Obada).

    Between 1999 to date, South west has had more christain governors than muslims (Under AD/ACN and PDP)
    1999
    Ekiti=>Niyi Adebayo=>AD=>Christian
    Ogun=>Olusegun Osoba=>AD=>Christian
    Ondo=>Adebayo Adefarati=>AD=>Christian
    Osun=>Adebisi Akande=>AD=>Muslim
    Oyo=>Lam Adesina=>AD=>Muslim
    Lagos=>Bola Tinubu>AD=>Muslim

    2003
    Ekiti=>Ayo Fayose=>PDP=>Christian
    Ogun=>Gbenga Daniel=>PDP=>Christian
    Ondo=>Olusegun Agagu=>PDP=>Christian
    Osun=>Olagunsoye Oyinlola=>PDP=>Christian
    Oyo=>Rasheed Ladoja=>PDP=>Muslim
    Lagos=>Bola Tinubu>ACN=>Muslim

    2007
    Ekiti=>Segun Oni=>PDP=>Christian
    Ogun=>Gbenga Daniel=>PDP=>Christian
    Ondo=>Olusegun Agagu / Olusegun Mimiko=>PDP / LP=>Christian/Muslim
    Osun=>Olagunsoye Oyinlola / Rauf Aregbesola=>PDP / ACN=>Christian / Muslim
    Oyo=>Alao Akala=>PDP=>Christian
    Lagos=>Babatunde Fashola>ACN=>Muslim

    2011
    Ekiti=>Kayode Fayemi=>ACN=>Christian
    Ogun=>Ibikunle Amosun=>ACN=>Muslim
    Ondo=>Olusegun Mimiko=>LP=>Muslim
    Osun=>Rauf Aregbesola=>ACN=>Muslim
    Oyo=>Abiola Ajimobi=>ACN=>Muslim
    Lagos=>Babatunde Fashola>ACN=>Muslim

    PDP has produced more Christain governors in SW than other parties. Does that mean PDP is a Christian party?

    All this religious antics are crap if you ask me. What is most
    important is the credibilty and the performance of the one in charge.
    Little wonder most south westerners doesn’t even realise the fact above
    that there have been more christian governors.

    FFk maliciously
    said APC governors are made up of 80 % muslims in order to manipulate
    the poplulace toward voting PDP against the facts above. What he
    maliciously left out is the fact that in South-East and South South
    governors have been 100% Christians (and almost certainly, their
    deputies too!) So Where is the Islamization of Nigeria? In fact,
    should the majority of the Northern muslim population vote against PDP
    since PDP is the one playing the religion politics

    • bambo

      Mimiko is a christian and not Muslim. Please note

  • the_adviser

    Fulani will endorse another Fulani to take over Gbagyi land. Kaduna Mafia flexing their muscle.

  • emmanuel

    In 2007, El-Rufai said Buhari was not electable. Same thing happened in May of last year when El-Rufai and Buba Marwa also said that the APC should shove Buhari aside because he was a political liability.

    Buhari’s endorsement of El-Rufai, shows that he is a better aspirant than Buhari, even for the presidency. How else can one confirm that Buhari is not it for the presidency than this clear stand of El-Rufai!