Why Some Elements of The Presidency are Still Against Tinubu’s Success

By Starrys Obazei | February 1, 2023

Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, has accused some elements in the Presidential Villa of working against the success of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

During an interview at the Sunrise Daily program on Channels Television, Governor el-Rufai said those opposed to Tinubu had preferred other candidates for the APC presidential primaries, but they lost and had refused to give up.

However, he accused them of taking advantage of President Muhammadu Buhari’s desire to do what he feels is proper to perpetrate their scheme.

“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,” the governor said.

“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 N200 billion for federal roads and then spend N2 trillion on petroleum subsidies?

“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.”

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