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May 31, 2020

El-Rufai jabs Tinubu again: ‘We have our differences, Asiwaju is not my man’

El-Rufai jabs Tinubu again: ‘We have our differences, Asiwaju is not my man’

All is still not well between Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

El-Rufai who has never hidden his resentment of Asiwaju’s political philosophy, says Tinubu is not his man – this, he said, was due to the differences between him and the former Lagos governor.

While speaking at a webinar in celebration of the 63rd birthday of the Minister of Interior and former Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, on Saturday, El-Rufai, noted that Aregbesola remained his man any day but that Tinubu was not his man.

The event was tagged, ‘Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola Colloquium 2020,’ with the theme, ‘Government Unusual: Innovative economic solutions to unlock mass prosperity,’ and was moderated by Boason Omofaye.

El-Rufai’s words is a clear hint of the underground war between his camp and that of the Jagaban of Borgu, which is an internal crisis brewing in APC; some have linked the undertone of this subtle war to a quest for power come 2023.

While congratulating the celebrator, El-Rufai said, “I want to congratulate my brother, Ogbeni (Aregbesola), on his birthday. You know I’m your man any day. I’m not Asiwaju’s man and you are Asiwaju’s man, but I am your man any day. Asiwaju and I have differences but you and I have no differences.”

El-Rufai’s words is a clear hint of the underground war between his camp and that of the Jagaban of Borgu, which is an internal crisis brewing in APC; some have linked the undertone of this subtle war to a quest for power come 2023.

While congratulating the celebrator, El-Rufai said, “I want to congratulate my brother, Ogbeni (Aregbesola), on his birthday. You know I’m your man any day. I’m not Asiwaju’s man and you are Asiwaju’s man, but I am your man any day. Asiwaju and I have differences but you and I have no differences.”
He added that was not ashamed to state that he copied the school feeding initiative in his state from Osun State when he visited Aregbesola as governor, adding that there was a lot governors could learn from the way he developed the state, in spite of the economic crisis that plunged the state into debts.

At an event organised by the Bridge Club tagged, “An evening with His Excellency Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, in May 2019, the Kaduna governor was believed to be referring to Tinubu when he explained how to end godfatherism in Lagos.

At the occasion, an ex-commissioner in Lagos State, Dr Muiz Banire, asked El-Rufai how ‘godfatherism’ could be dealt with given how it had served as one of the drawbacks for professionals and businessmen who might want to go into politics.

Responding, El-Rufai said he defeated and retired four political godfathers in Kaduna State, saying the feat could be replicated anywhere, including Lagos State. He stated that the key was to go back to the people directly, noting however that it was a step that required time and hard work. “The key is to go to the people,” he added.

In his remarks, highly elated Aregbesola, noted that his achievements as governor were driven by his passion for the people, a virtue he said he imbibed from his teenage years.

He, however, appreciated the President Muhammadu Buhari, for encouraging him all along, adding that, “the second person who has played a very huge role in making me a good public administrator is Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. He takes all the glory, apart from God.”

Other panellists at the webinar were the governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu; Statistician General, Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, Dr Yemi Kale; the CEO, Financial Derivatives, Mr Bismarck Rewane; the Chairman, Citibank Nigeria; Dr Yemi Cardoso; the CEO, Lotus Capital Limited, Mrs Hajara Adeola; and the Country Director, Development Alternatives Incorporated, Dr Joe Abah

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