El-Rufai: How sacking of teachers nearly affected my re-election bid

El-Rufai: How sacking of teachers nearly affected my re-election bid

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has explained how he was willing to sacrifice his second-term ambition in order to give children from his state quality education.

El-Rufai made this disclosure on Thursday, October 14, during the Ekiti State’s Fountain Summit 2021 with the theme ‘Investment Attractiveness and Economic Development in Ekiti State’ which was held in Ado-Ekiti.

According to the Governor, he was threatened with an election loss; but insisted and eventually carried out the test on teachers in Kaduna notwithstanding the threat.

“My brother here was said to have lost his second term bid the first time because he threatened to test teachers,” he said.

“I tested them and fired them before our election. When I was asked that I would lose the second term, I said if losing second term in office will give Kaduna State children a future with better primary education, I am ready to let it go.”

El-Rufai also listed two factors that enabled him to retain his position as Kaduna governor; noting that he timed the mandatory test for teachers within his first two years in office; and that the exercise was carried out honestly without partisan politics.

While noting that he attended government schools in his life until he went for his second degree, El-Rufai noted that his administration sent a clear message that the poor man’s child in Kaduna was eligible to emerge as governor.

He recalled that while sacking teachers, two of his colleagues backed his decision; but expressed fear in implementing the policy in their respective states.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has charged its members; to shun all bickering within their rank and files to enable the party to approach the 2023 general elections as a united house.

Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, National Secretary, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC); gave the charge in a statement on Wednesday, October 13, in Abuja.

Akpanudoedehe, who spoke while inaugurating the party’s State Congresses Committee, said members of the committee were carefully selected based on their proven records.

He added that the party had trust in their strength of character, integrity, and capacity to be fair; in their dealings to all shades of interests as they carried out their duties.

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“The party’s guidelines for the exercise and the Constitution of our party shall be your guide.

“We expected that every bickering is nipped in the bud; so we circle the wagons; and approach 2023 elections as a unit; notwithstanding the family misunderstandings that may exist.

“President Muhammadu Buhari as our father had encouraged the setting up of the National Reconciliation Committee; in order to further provide avenues and channels for persons to ventilate their grievances and essentially achieve unity,” he said.

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