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.”