Yar’adua’s failure to pick capable deputy responsible for Nigeria’s backwardness —El-Rufai

A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Nasiru El-Rufai, has identified the failure of the late President Umaru Yar’adua and Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna state to choose competent people as running mates, as the reason why Nigeria and the state are being misgoverned.

Mr. El-Rufai, who is the Kaduna State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, stated this during a Hausa political phone-in programme of DITV/Alheri Radio, on Saturday in Kaduna.

The gubernatorial candidate who justified the selection of Barnabas Bantex, the Kaduna state chairman of APC as his running mate, noted that the choice was made after due consultation with party members.

According to him, most governorship or presidential candidates prefer to choose people they can manipulate as their running mates and not those who are competent, forgetting that a deputy governor or a vice president can emerge as substantive governor or president.

Mr. El-Rufai noted that President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Muktar Yero of Kaduna state succeeded their principals following the deaths of President Yarádua and Governor Yakowa respectively. He added that they were not adequately prepared for the task ahead.

“The crisis of underdevelopment and non-performance that we are experiencing at the federal level and Kaduna state will not have arisen if the right calibre of running mates were chosen from the very beginning,” Mr. El- Rufai added.

According to him, Mr. Yakowa woke up hale and hearty and visited Bayelsa state for a burial ceremony but died in a plane crash on his way back on December 15, 2012. He said that Yero succeeded him afterwards and since then, Kaduna state has not witnessed any development.

The APC candidate said that the Yero administration has been claiming that it has executed several projects in the media but “the people of the state have not seen anything on the round.” He pointed out that the projects in states like Kano, Katsina, Zamfara and Nasarawa are visible for all to see.

“The few of the projects that the government has executed are so inflated and shoddily done that they do not justify the money that was spent on them,” the former Minister pointed out.

Mr. El-Rufai, who is a Quantity Surveyor, said that the office complex within Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, the Kaduna state seat of power, which cost N9 billion is grossly over-inflated and it is not up to the standard of Ekiti Government House which cost N2 billion.

The gubernatorial candidate who described his running mate as an accomplished politician, noted that he was chairman of Kaura local government before proceeding to the House of Representatives.

Mr. El-Rufai said that he knew Banext since their university days as a detribalised Nigerian and someone who can unite the party.


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    Oh people of Kaduna !! Beware of the great land grabber and obsessive demolition wizard . He did so at Abuja doling out public land to family and girlfriends…….he will do it again in Kaduna !!


    • Dumbo

      Wendel Simlin, Hope you have also started packing your stuffs back to your undeveloped jungle. There is still space in GEJ’s canoe in case you haven’t.

  • Usman

    That’s true my Governor

    • Mike udi

      What is true in that. Yaradua was not better than jonathan. After yaradua case northerners refuse to learn by given presidential ticket to young and vibrant northerner . If anything happen to Buhari the north will loos their chance again to South west.

  • This man is full of toilet.Useless headbandger.

  • Okey

    Under Yar’Adua El Rufai was a fugitive from justice but upon being pardoned by Jonathan, the following is what El Rufai said against the man on whose back he want to ride to Govt Hoause, Kaduna:


    The attention of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has been drawn to statements from Generals Muhammadu Buhari and Ibrahim Babangida purporting to be responses to the advice he gave both men to retire.

    by Muyiwa Adekeye

    Sahara Reporters, Oct 04, 2010

    The attention of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has been drawn to statements from Generals Muhammadu Buhari and Ibrahim Babangida purporting to be responses to the advice he gave both men to retire.

    Since Babangida libelled whole generations of Nigerian youth as being unfit for leadership, age has become an issue in the coming elections. While it is true that neither youth nor age supplies wisdom on their own, it makes sense to ask those who have been recurring decimals in our country’s sorry history to leave the stage. That is all El-Rufai asked of these men who seem to think that their failure to do their best for Nigeria when they had the chance qualifies them for a return to office. Our people surely deserve better.

    El-Rufai is amazed that General Buhari cannot debate this matter without scurrying to the gutter, making claims that are baseless and unsupported by any facts. Mallam El-Rufai’s tenure as FCT minister was a period of stellar performance in remaking our federal capital. Despite the difficult decisions that had to be taken to restore Abuja, Mallam El-Rufai continues to receive deserved praise and recognition for his achievements in restoring the Abuja master plan, introducing Nigeria’s first computerised land registry and helping thousands of Nigerians achieve their dreams of home ownership in the federal capital. Buhari is perhaps one of a tiny few blinded by their prejudice from recognising the quality of El Rufai’s service.

    That same prejudice accounts for the baseless claims of corruption Buhari levels against El Rufai. The fact is that Mallam El-Rufai served Nigeria with integrity and has never been convicted of any corrupt act. He is boldly contesting the false charges which the Yar’Adua government filed against him in court. It is strange that a Buhari who protests when unproven claims of N2.5 billion (about US $3billion in those days!) missing oil funds are levelled against him can gleefully elevate similar claims into facts when it concerns another. How would Buhari feel if the corruption allegations made against him by Group Captain
    Usman Jibrin, then a board member of PTF, are today reported as if they were proven facts? So much for “corrupt background” and “shoddy performance”.

    Mallam El-Rufai wishes to remind General Buhari that he has remainedperpetually unelectable because his record as military head of state, and afterwards, is a warning that many Nigerians have wisely heeded. His insensitivity to Nigeria’s diversity and his parochial focus are already well-known. In 1984, Buhari allowed 53 suitcases belonging to
    his ADC’s father to enter Nigeria unchecked at a time the country was exchanging old currency for new. Against all canons of legal decency, he used retroactive laws to execute three young men for drug-peddling after they were convicted by a military tribunal and not regular courts of law. Buhari was so high handed that he gave himself and his officials immunity even from truthful reporting. That obnoxious Decree 4, against which truth was no defence, was used to jail journalists and attempt to
    cow the media as a whole. That tyrannical legislation shows the essence of his intolerance. These are facts of recent history.

    The story of counter-trade and import licensing, the cornerstone of Buhari’s stone-age economic strategy and those whose interests it served, is a tale for another day.

    Mallam El-Rufai respects both Generals Buhari and Babangida as elder statesmen. He believes their age, experience and guidance may contribute to the success of any future government. El-Rufai however believes that it is time for a new generation of leaders with new thinking and wholesome democratic attitude to move our nation forward. The vicious response by the Buhari camp to a simple statement that their almost-70 principal should retire is proof enough that a Buhari, the new Democrat, tolerant of views different from his own, is yet to evolve. And that is sad, for his fledgling party and its leadership. Buhari and his cohorts may wish to reflect that it will take more than attacks on personalities to become electable. Having seen his version of
    discipline, Nigerians are not likely to cherish an encore. But they will welcome an engagement with the issues and problems of everyday lifethat have hobbled the peoples of this land.

    Muyiwa Adekeye, Media Aide to Mallam El Rufai

    • Benedict

      Just to clarify that El Rufai was not pardoned by Jonathan. He was tried and acquitted by competent court of law in Nigeria. Please check your fact before spewing nonsense as you have just done now.

      • Okey

        As a fugitive from justice he could not smell Nigeria whilst Yar’Adua liveth. Repeat, Jonathan granted him pardon to return to come home. Thereafter, the Nigerian court of the ‘big man’ took off from there.