Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, asserted on Wednesday that Bola Tinubu, the APC’s nominee for president, is being opposed by some individuals in the White House.
El-Rufai claims that the opposition to Tinubu is due to the fact that their favored candidate for president was unsuccessful in the APC primaries.
El-Rufai claimed that those people are working on seeing the ruling party defeated in the February presidential election.
The Kaduna State Governor disclosed this during an interview on Channels TV on Wednesday.
El-Rufai disclosed this while fielding questions on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme.
The governor said those individual elements are hiding behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s desire to do what he thinks is right.
He said, “I believe there are elements in the Villa that want us to lose the election because they didn’t get their way; they had their candidate. Their candidate did not win the primaries.
“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.”