Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari instructed Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State to take over the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
El-Rufai made this disclosure on Wednesday, March 9, during an interview with Channels TV; days after Governor Sani Bello of Niger State declared himself the acting National Chairman of the APC on Monday.
According to El-Rufai, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State cannot return as the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the Party; because Gov Bello had the backing of President Muhammadu Buhari and 19 governors.
“Buni is gone, the Secretary is gone. Gov. Bello is in charge; and he has the backing of President Muhammadu Buhari and 19 governors. Buni can only return as Governor of Yobe but never as chairman of our Party.
“President Buhari ordered his removal and this has been implemented. Governor Bello has taken over and things are moving according to plan. Party will be restored, the convention will take place as scheduled. 19 governors and their deputies are solidly behind this move.
“Buni and his people got a court order to stop the convention but hid it,” he said.
El-Rufai further revealed that he would only run for the 2023 presidency; either as a presidential aspirant or a running mate to the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi if President Muhammadu Buhari insists.
However, he insisted that he has no intention to run for the presidency or be a running mate to Amaechi as being rumoured on social media.
The Kaduna State Governor said he is tired and needs to rest and has no intention of coming back to politics after leaving office next year.
He said Amaechi was free to run for the presidency but maintained that President Buhari is the only one who can convince him to join the race.
“I’ve said over and over that I’m not a contestant for any office. I’m not aspiring for anything. If Governor Rotimi Amaechi is interested in running for any office, he has the right to do so. But I’m not running for anything and I’m not going to be on his ticket,” he said.