The war of words between the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has torn the ruling party apart.
Speaking exclusively with Daily Mail, El-Rufai through one of his Aides who refused to be named, said: “Nigerians know who a drug baron is. Nigerians know who was arrested and convicted of drug peddling in the US some decades ago. The Executive Governor of Kaduna State cannot be a running mate to such a person.”
Tinubu had allegedly tipped the Governor of Kaduna State, as his running mate for the Presidency in 2023, but the Governor has not only turned such a move down, but derided the former Lagos State Governor.
El-Rufai is a very close friend of the outgoing Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, whom Tinubu personally stopped from his second term in Office, in favour of his anointed Candidate, Babajide Sanwoolu.
Tinubu is regarded as one of the richest men in the world, stupendously rich, after serving as Governor of Lagos State, between 1999 and 2007. He owns the Nations Newspapers, TV Continental, among others, with the source saying that he uses the news platform to launder his image.
“He uses his Media companies to show he is clean, he is not corrupt.
“Who was he before being a Governor? Where did he acquire his wealth? Who has bought Lagos State? Whose company collects revenue for Lagos State, and has brought his protege to head one of the most important Agencies of the Federal Government – Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS – to collect revenue for FG?
“Have you heard the latest? FIRS is now embroiled in corruption, running to tens of billions. Who do you think is collecting the money?”
The source questioned why a respected Governor of Kaduna State, would accept to be such a person’s running mate?
“He is not fit being his running mate. He will not even allow Tinubu to be his running mate, no, it is not possible.
“The ex-Governor of Lagos State belongs to the dark side of history, and cannot be accorded the same respect like the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.”
Tinubu has not helped El-Rufai, he said, adding that: “We are all members of a political party. The same role he plays, even a bad one in APC, is the same role, but excellent one is the Governor playing. How many votes did his Action Congress of Nigeria get in 2015, and how many in 2019? Do you not see his strength and control of Lagos is waning?
“He caused trouble in Oyo State, Ogun, Ekiti, and Ondo States. Did we not lose Oyo completely, and lose Ondo in the Presidential election?
“What influence are you talking about? Does he even have a role in the APC, apart from imposing a fake name on himself?
“For those he is recruiting to speak for him, time will tell. They will also know when they have been used, and how not important their landlord is. Thank God he is called Lion of Bourdillon, and not Lagos or South-West, or Nigeria.”
It was gathered that Tinubu has pencilled El-Rufai, a close Ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, as his running mate, as he prepares for the 2023 Presidency, but the Governor sees the former as unfit.
Unconfirmed reports revealed that El-Rufai wants to take a shot at the Presidency himself, and feels 2023 will be the right time, after Buhari.