El-Rufai denies deputy clash

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OrijoReporter.com, Architect Barnabas Yusuf Bala

Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has denied he was involved in a fracas with his deputy, Architect Barnabas Yusuf Bala.

It was recently reported that Gov. El-Rufai and the deputy governor popularly called Bandex created an ugly scene as they argued, hurled vulgarities and exchanged blows in the former’s office.

But denying the occurrence of the incident, Gov. El-Rufai in an interview with newsmen at Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna, on Tuesday said he and Bandex enjoy warm and cordial relations over the years that is built on mutual respect, adding that the reported fracas was orchestrated by his political detractors.

He said, “We think alike and act alike. We are going on well. I think I did not make him like a spare tyre. If I am leaving the state, I write to the state assembly that he will be acting. He chairs the executive council meetings as well as the security council meeting.

“I was told this has never happened in Kaduna before and some people are not comfortable with that.”

Reacting to the rumour of his fight with Gov. El-Rufai earlier, Bandex on Sunday said the rumour was the handiwork of journalists, who hail from southern Kaduna, like him.

“I am aware for instance of the spread of a ridiculous rumour seeking to paint me as the victim of a fictitious fight. This sort of lies are being spread by certain journalists of southern Kaduna origin,” he said.

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