The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District , Senator Shehu Sani , has asked Governor of Kaduna State , Nasir el-Rufai , to shelve his presidential ambition , saying many of those who claim to be loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari are opportunists .
Sani , in a statement on Wednesday, said while El – Rufai accused Buhari of running a failed government through a memo, the governor “ has failed also woefully . ”
The lawmaker said , “ He ( El -Rufai ) thinks President Muhammadu Buhari failed but he never invited PMB to even commission a completed toilet in his state. Under El – Rufai , Kaduna has become a hub of kidnappers and a sanctuary for herdsmen .
“ The very governor who once condemned the National Assembly for lack of transparency has proven to be worse. El -Rufai wants to be seen as an apostle of Buhari ’ s change but he is actually the Judas of change.
“ It is hypocritical to promise Nigerians change and end up only ‘ putting change in our pockets . ’ There ’ s nothing progressive about many people who claim to be Buharists; they are reactionaries and career opportunists who can fit into any government in power .
“ I call on El – Rufai to suspend his presidential or vice presidential ambitions and concentrate on proper governance of the state. ”
Sani recalled that an online news portal , SaharaReporters had reported about the alleged “ systemic nepotism , opacity and complete absence of transparency” in the governance of Kaduna , saying that the report is factual about the reality of the situation in the state.
He alleged, “ Journalists in Kaduna State are under siege ; blackmailed, arrested, pocketed or threatened with arrest and , as such , could not have written such a story . El – Rufai jails journalists like Pinochet or Stalin . El -Rufai is a man with a mouth for criticism but without a stomach for criticism . In his two years in office , he has jailed not less than seven journalists in Kaduna , of which many are in court .
“ Kaduna State is run like a personal ‘ family and friends estate ’ without any meaningful physical achievement other than sponsored media propaganda. El -Rufai has no money to pay traditional rulers he recently sacked but has money to dispense as contracts to family, friends and political cronies .
“ El – Rufai has enough money to pay herdsmen but no money to pay district heads . Kaduna is today littered with abandoned drainages to the point that the rainy season has turned Kaduna into a ‘ coastal state with creeks . ’ He is auctioning over 2, 000 government houses he inherited but he has yet to build a hut. ”