El-Rufai not a threat — Kaduna PDP Chairman

Following the emergence of the Kaduna State Governor, Ramalan Yero, as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate for the 2015 elections, the state chairman of the party, Abubakar Haruna, has declared that the All Progressive Congress candidate, Nasir El-Rufai is no threat to PDP’s chances at the election.

“APC is a contraband product which does not exist in Kaduna State,” Mr. Haruna said.

The chairman, who was accompanied by other members of the party’s executive, stated this while addressing journalists at the Nigeria Union of Journalist, secretariat, Kaduna State Council.

He said the PDP would continue to rule till ‘thy kingdom come’ and as far as democracy existed, the primaries in the state were transparent, free and fair.

“The APC does not have a manifesto of its own, but a duplicate of the PDP’s document,” he said.

“There was nothing like imposition of candidates. Everybody bought form to aspire for positions of their choice. None of the applicants ever approached the state secretariat to lodge complaints regarding the process that saw Yero and other aspirants emerging victorious at the end of the day.

“The game of politics is the game of who is strong enough. It is now left for the delegates, you could have money, and be good you could not even have money and you can be good what has happened first is the determination of the leadership of the party not to involve themselves in money siphoning from aspirants, you allow delegates to go and do their duty.”

He appealed to the media to report good things about Nigeria.

“I want to appeal to you, the media to, please, make Nigeria grow by a way of presenting it in positive terms to the outside world, but if it refuses to grow, then Nigeria journalists have done that,” he said.


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  • Frank Bassey

    El-Rufai is from Katsina, not Kaduna. He is not a leadership material. He has a foul mouth that smells odiously. He believes that abusive words edifies. The reverse is the case.

    • RYM

      And I believe you are from Cameroon’s Bakassi.

    • u s man

      @ frank, what concerns igbo man with kaduna politics, if you lack what to say better keep your mouth shut

  • jaydee

    When someone tells u he is nt afraid of u; him dey fear die

  • Yunusa J

    The fear of El-Rufai is the beginning of PDP’s wisdom in Kaduna. I knw all of them are jittery and confused. The jubilation and widespread of goodwishes by the good people of Kaduna over El-Rufai’s emergence as the APC is a confirmation of his acceptance. Goodbye Yero (2015)>>>>>Welcome El-Rufa’i (2015 – 2023).

  • Okey Okoye

    Well articulated on the issues present. I thought , the call for national strike was and still unnecessary. Labour should embark on issues to make the country better, Such issues like fighting corruptions and the massive looting in the national assembly and the state level.

  • jideofor Madu

    Premium Times is right on point. I completely agree, and I am certain most Nigerians will. NLC is living in a dream world. They should be more focused on the corruption and profligacy of the National Assembly and the state governors that took bailout funds the CBN gave out with no guidelines and have deployed much of those funds for corrupt purposes. The federal government on the other hand is very weak on strategic communication, confused and incoherent in its policy direction, and very opaque. As it is discovering, braggadocio and populism are poor substitutes for serious and rational policy thinking. Until it completely deregulates the downstream petroleum sector and stop fixing prices it cannot enforce, we will not make maximal progress. The government needs to raise its game by bringing more competent hands on board. Brazil has just announced the appointment of a new central bank governor to help manage its economic crisis. Ours is embroiled constantly in corruption scandals and spends his nights moving in the shadows lobbying to keep his job … and President Buhari does nothing.

  • Funso Famuyiwa

    Kudos to PMT for this thoughtful Editorial
    Not only does it fault Labor for its ill-advised call for a Strike, but it rightly highlights the glaring mismanagement of information sharing by Buhari administration. The Govt must get its act together before the patience of well-meaning Nigerians wears thin.