Kaduna State governor Nasir El- Rufai has revealed that there are some elements in the Aso Rock Villa who are working against the Presidential Candidate of the APC, Bola Tinubu.
Mr El-Rufai made the allegation on Channels TV program Sunrise Daily today monitored by DAILY GIST on Wednesday.
According to him, these elements were hiding behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s desire to do what he thinks is right.
Speaking on the naira redesign policy, El-rufai said although President Buhari has his right, however doing it at this time within the allotted time does not make any political or economic sense.
“I believe that there are elements in the Villa that want us to lose the election. Because they didn’t get their way they had their candidate and he didn’t win the primary and they hiding behind the President desire to do what is right.”
They are trying to get us to lose the election, and they are hiding behind the president’s desire to do what he thinks is right. I will give two examples: this petroleum subsidy, which is costing the country trillions of Naira, was something that we all agreed would be removed.
“In fact, I had a discussion with the president and showed him why it had to go. Because how can you have a capital budget of N200b for federal roads and then spend N2 Trillion on petroleum subsidy? This was a conversation I had with the president in 2021 when the subsidy thing started rising. He was convinced. We left. It changed. Everyone in the government agreed, and it changed.
“The second example I will give is this currency redesign. You have to understand the president. People are blaming the Governor of the Central Bank for the currency redesign, but No. You have to go back and look at the first outing of Buhari as president. He did this; the Buhari, Idiagbon regime changed our currency and did it in secrecy with a view to catching those that are stashing away illicit funds. It is a very good intention. The president has his right. But doing it at this time within the allotted time does not make any political or economic sense.”
El-Rufai’s bombshell is coming a week after the ruling party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu said there were plans to stop him from winning the election following the fuel hike and new naira scarcity that rock the country.
Recall that Tinubu had said fuel scarcity and naira redesign were targeted at him.