Comment on Lagos Godfather: El-Rufai adamant, refuses to apologize to Tinubu


…says Abuja-Kaduna road safe for motorists

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai on Monday instited he owes the National leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu or any other Godfather any apologies over his last week’s advice to Lagos residents to stop Godfatherism in the State

The Governor made this disclosure while  speaking with the State House correspondents after emerging from closed door meeting  with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja,

When asked if he wants Tinubu retired as godfather of Lagos politics, El-Rufai responded that  he is in same party with the former governor and they got along very well but “I don’t know if he is the godfather of Lagos, it’s up to him to say that.

“What I know for sure is that we have retired godfathers in Kaduna and I have told those that asked me the question that ‘there are six million registered voters in Lagos but only one million voted,’ in the last election. So there are five million people that you can bring into the electoral play ground and you can defeat anyone if you work hard’.

“It’s hard work, it’s four years. That is what I said and if anyone feels offended by that, that is his business or her business.

“I have no apologies, I don’t apologise for my views. My views are thought-out and I put them there. I don’t have to explain anything to anyone. This is a democracy, and in a democratic space, there must be room for people to express their views.”

According to him, “There is no dispute between me and anyone in the APC, the APC is one family, I don’t dispute with my own party. They may dispute with me but I don’t.

Kaduna state Governor, Nasir el-Rufa added

“I made comments in Lagos about how to retire godfathers. It is a template that we have used in Kaduna and it has worked. If anybody thinks he is a godfather, the template may apply to him but I am not in dispute with anyone.

“I expressed my views firmly and very clearly, there is no human being that I am afraid to express my views on, and when I am ready to express my views, specifically on a particular name then I will do so but I haven’t.”

It would be recalled that the Kaduna State Governor had made a comment  in Lagos where he said he knows strategies to dislodge Godfather from Lagos politics just as he had retired four godfathers in Kaduna.

The comment was largely seen as an attack on former Lahos State governor, Senator Bola Tinubu who has successfully installed three governors after he left power in 2007

The governor also used the occasion to inform the journalist about the reason he came to visit the president

“I came to see Mr President to brief him on the general security situation in Kaduna which I do from time to time and also to update him on the various initiatives by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the SSS, and the Army with a view to improving the security situation in Kaduna in general and particularly along the Abuja-Kaduna road.

“I want to say that the initiatives put in place have made the road quite safe now. I can say confidently that anyone gets in that road because I don’t want to go into details of the measures that have already been put in place but I am confidence with the security system in place now that people can be confident to drive on the Abuja-Kaduna road without any fear.”



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