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El-Rufai Alleges Some Elements In Aso Rock Want Failure Of APC

Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting

GOVERNOR of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, alleges there are “elements” in Aso Rock Villa who want the defeat of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in this month’s presidential poll.

But in a swift response, the Federal Government, through the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, while addressing State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, debunked the allegation.

El-Rufai Alleges Some Elements In Aso Rock Want Failure Of APC

Combo of El-Rufai and Tinubu

El-Rufai, on his part, made the allegation during a live appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday morning.

“I believe that there are elements in the Villa that want us to lose the elections because they didn’t get their way.

“They had their candidate; their candidate didn’t win the primaries and I think they are still trying to get us to lose the elections and they are hiding behind the President’s desire to do what he thinks is right,” he claimed.

Stonix News recalled that a former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, had emerged the winner of the June 8, 2022 APC presidential primary, with the former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo coming a distant second and third, respectively.

Buttressing his argument, the Kaduna governor cited the seemingly belated removal of fuel subsidy as well as the current naira redesign and cash swap policy implemented by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as one of the proofs of a grand plan against the APC Presidential candidate.

“This petroleum subsidy, which is costing the country trillions of naira, was something that we all agreed should be removed.

“In fact, I had a discussion with the President and showed him why it had to go.

“How can you have a capital budget of N200 billion for federal roads and then spend two trillion on subsidy?

“This was a conversation I had with the President in 2021 when the subsidy started rising. He was convinced. We left; it changed. Everyone in the government agreed.

“The second example I would give is this currency redesign. You have to understand the President. People are blaming the governor of the Central Bank for the currency redesign.

“No, you have to go back and look at the President’s first outing as president. He did this,” El-Rufai said.

He noted that the military government of President Muhammadu Buhari, between 1983 and 1985, also changed the Nigerian currency and did so in secret with a view to catching those that stashed away illicit funds.

But the governor admitted that the timing of the policy leaves the APC vulnerable ahead of the forthcoming elections.

“It’s a very good intention – very clear intention. The President’s heart is white. But doing it at this time within the time allotted just doesn’t make any political [or] economic sense.

“And for such a programme to work, we have to be involved as governors, as sub nationals,” he said

Meanwhile, the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, restated the President’s position that his administration will only focus on ensuring a free, fair and credible elections and not favour or cause anyone to be at a disadvantage.

He further contended that if there is anyone working against any candidate, it is officially not known.

In the question-and-answer session, the minister equally reacted to Tuesday’s rating by Transparency International.

He underscored that the government has very impressive records based on achievements by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes Commission (ICPC), among others, and is, therefore, not bothered about the ratings.

He noted that the administration’s fight against corruption is not to impress Transparency International but to engender growth in the country, politically and economically.

Mohammed, who cited instances where returned assets and funds have been channeled to developing infrastructure and welfare projects, asserted that the government’s anti corruption drive has been successful.

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