The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Wednesday, revealed that some people in Aso Rock Villa are working to scuttle the highly expected victory of All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on February 25.
El-Rufai who made this known while featuring on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily, explained that the people working against Tinubu’s victory were those whose presidential aspirants were trounced by the APC presidential flag-bearer during the party’s presidential primary election.
He said, ”I believe there are elements in the Villa that want us to lose the election because they didn’t get their way; they had their candidate. Their candidate did not win the primaries.
“They are trying to get us to lose the election, and they are hiding behind the president’s desire to do what he thinks is right. I will give two examples: this petroleum subsidy, which is costing the country trillions of Naira, was something that we all agreed would be removed.
“In fact, I had a discussion with the president and showed him why it had to go. Because how can you have a capital budget of N200b for federal roads and then spend N2 Trillion on petroleum subsidy? This was a conversation I had with the president in 2021 when the subsidy thing started rising. He was convinced. We left. It changed. Everyone in the government agreed, and it changed.
“The second example I will give is this currency redesign. You have to understand the president. People are blaming the Governor of the Central Bank for the currency redesign, but No. You have to go back and look at the first outing of Buhari as president. He did this; the Buhari, Idiagbon regime changed our currency and did it in secrecy with a view to catching those that are stashing away illicit funds. It is a very good intention. The president has his right. But doing it at this time within the allotted time does not make any political or economic sense.”
Meanwhile, Aisha, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has ‘endorsed’ the video of Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai accusing “elements” in the Presidential Villa of working against All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Aisha who uploaded the video on Instagram on Wednesday, hours after El-Rufai spoke on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme.
The President’s wife, who also leads Tinubu’s women campaign train, captioned the post: “#longlivethefederalrepublicofnigeria”.