2015: El-Rufai Declares For Governor
Kaduna – Former FCT Minister Nasiru El-Rufai on Thursday declared his
intention to contest the Kaduna State governorship on the platform of the
All Progressives Congress (APC).
El-Rufai said this in Kaduna when he visited the party's office.
“I came along with my colleagues to formally inform the state branch of
the APC of my intension to contest for the governorship of Kaduna State.
”We think that it is a necessary first step to inform the party officially
that this is our intention before making any formal declaration,” he said.
He also congratulated the party leadership for its efforts in unifying the
various factions and groups that constituted the APC.
He said the chairman of the party and his team did a great job in
reconciling all the warring factions “and we think it is important to
encourage and ask them to do more”.
”As part of the reconciliation process, I have also offered to, if I am
needed, help and forge reconciliation and unite the party. I will be happy
to be part of any such initiative,” he said.
According to him, ”we came to present the party with some vehicles because
the party has nothing or little in terms of operational materials.
“As you can see, the party office is not yet furnished; we are going to
work with other stakeholders to make sure that the party office is
He said there was the need for its leadership to go round the state, to
campaign and enlighten the electorate to collect their Permanent Voters'
Cards' and participate in the Continuous Voter Registration.
“We thought that the party needed vehicles because since their (party
leadership) elections, they have been using their personal vehicles. That
is why we gave them some vehicles as a first step and we hope to do more.
“We hope other aspirants will do even more because among the aspirants, I
am about the poorest, ” he said.
He said he decided to run for the office after a long period of
consultation and reflection “because I am really angry at the state of
“ I think that my state has gone backward compared to our neighbouring
“It is impunity of the highest order and it has made me very angry and
many others and that is why we came together and try to run for this
He called on those that cared about Kaduna State to unite and forge ahead
in the task of re-building the state.
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