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3 Oct 2017

Buhari Has Given Me His Blessing for My Second Term Bid - El-Rufai Says

The Governor of Kaduna state has said that he has been endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari to run for a second term.
Governor El-Rufai and President Muhammadu Buhari

Governor Nasir el-rufai of Kaduna State has revealed that he has the blessing of President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election in 2019 together with his deputy, Barnabas Bala Bandex.

He made this known while speaking in a radio live interview on Sunday, to mark the 57th independence anniversary of the country.

According to The Tribune, his endorsement was coming barely after a stakeholders’ forum of the All Progressive Congress (APC) endorsed him and the president. Speaking further, El-Rufai said that after the endorsement by the party on September 16, he went and briefed the president.

”It was after I have finished briefing him that he (President) gave me the nod to seek re-election together with my deputy.

However, he was quick to add that this did not mean any person interested could not come out, saying, you know the constitution of our party allowed for primaries to elect a standard-bearer.

”It equally allows for a consensus candidate if the majority of the party members agreed on a consensus candidate.

According to him, whatever be the case, he was ready to face anybody in a free contest in order to clinch the party’s ticket once again.

On the seemingly division in the party, the governor maintained that it was the handiwork of some disgruntled elements who thought they could only strive if there were crises.

”Very soon, we are going to invite every stakeholder to a meeting and allow any body who feels he or she is short changed to express his grievances. We are democrats and we are ready to adjust if we erred,” he stressed.

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