Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has again put out a statement confirming rumoured rift between him and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
El-Rufai and Tinubu are reportedly in conflict over the 2023 presidency, which both are said to be eyeing on the platform of the ruling APC.
Indication that the duo are in a duel emerged last year’s May at an event in Lagos, where the governor delivered a lecture during which he made statement to the effect that Tinubu’s age- long hegemony of the state politics could be brought to an end, citing how he allegedly dealt with the problem of god-fatherisim in Kaduna.
He said: “Here in Lagos, you have over six million registered voters, only about a million voted (in 2019 general elections); five million did not vote. If I want to run for governor of Lagos, I will start now. I will commission a study to know why those five million registered voters did not vote; where do they go on election day? Then I will start visiting them for the next four years. I will try and get just two million of them to come and vote for me; I will defeat any godfather.
“The key is to go to the people. The card reader and the biometric register have given us the tools to connect directly with the people. I assure you if you do that for the next four years, connecting with the people; the tin godfather, you will retire him or her permanently. But it is hard work; it requires three to four years of hard work. So, if you want to run in 2023, you should start now.”
In apparent confirmation of a rift between them, El-Rufai while speaking at a webinar to mark the 63rd birthday of Minister of Interior and former Osun Governor, Rauf Aregbesola on Saturday, said the birthday boy, a protégé of Tinubu is his buddy but he and the former Lagos governor are in conflict.
His word: “I want to congratulate my brother, Ogbeni (Aregbesola), on his birthday. You know I’m your man any day. I’m not Asiwaju’s man and you are Asiwaju’s man, but I am your man any day. Asiwaju and I have differences but you and I have no differences.”