Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has said Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State lied by saying that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar did not make tangible contribution to the 2015 presidential campaign of the ruling party.
El-rufai, who spoke on a Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Service Programme, “Democracy Today”, had challenged Atiku to mention those who collected his financial contribution to the presidential campaign from him.
However, Frank, in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, described the governor’s statement as “a height of ingratitude of a jilted lover.”
He implored the Kaduna State governor to refresh his memory by either watching the campaign video or meeting the then Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Rotimi Ameachi, for the record of what transpired before, during and after the campaign in 2015.
He said, “Amaechi has record of those who contributed to the campaign. So, if El-rufai does not know, he should contact the Minister of Transportation. Moreover, it is on record that the former Vice President had responsibility for seven states during the campaign.
“Again, it is also on record that Atiku’s media asset was transferred to the campaign. If El-rufai has forgotten so soon, the Director of Media, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Malam Garba Shehu, who is now the spokesman to the President, was handed over to the party campaign team from Atiku Media office, the deputy director of Atiku media team Mr Paul Ibe was also part of APC media team during the 2015 campaign and other key members of Atiku’s group. I don’t know how El-rufai will quantify the cost?
“Moreover, President Muhammadu Buhari, as a President-elect himself acknowledged the role these people played as a group when he met with them at the Defence House in Abuja.”
He advised the governor of Kaduna to stop what he called “his political sycophantic act toward President Buhari” and urged the President to study El-rufai’s antecedents in politics.