Kaduna State Gov. Nasir El-Rufai, has distanced himself from the campaign posters announcing his vice-presidential candidature for the 2023 poll with the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, as the presidential candidate.
He said he had also called Amaechi, who denied any knowledge of the posters.
“I don’t know who is printing those posters, wasting his or her money printing posters. I heard about them. I called Minister, Amaechi, and asked him whether he knew anything about them; he said he didn’t know.
“I think we need to trace who is doing it and ask that person. I am governor of Kaduna State; I have job to do.
“I haven’t delivered on the promises I made to the people of Kaduna State. Until I do that I don’t want to discuss anything,” El-Rufai said.
He was responding to questions from State House correspondents after meeting with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday at the Presidential Villa to discuss the wanton destruction of public properties in Lagos during the October #EndSARS protests.
On whether he has been approached by people and asked to contest the 2023 election, El-Rufai said as a politician, people could approach him, but that he would not be sure of what their intentions would be.
“I am in politics. People will approach you, but whether they are genuine or not is another matter and whether you are interested or not is another matter.”
El-Rufai said those who went to court to compel him to contest the election did so to attract attention to themselves, insisting that no one can be compelled to do anything against his wish.
“I just want to be the best governor that I can be and satisfy the aspirations of the people of Kaduna State from now to 2023. After 2023, everything is in the hand of God. It is not in the hand of anyone.”
Also touching on the issue of security, El-Rufai admitted that was still a big issue in Kaduna State, though the situation has improved significantly.
“I think the security situation has improved significantly in Southern Kaduna. We still have very big issues with banditry.
“Kidnapping is still a big issue. The air force, the army and the Nigerian police are doing the best that they can to wipe out the bandits from the air and on the ground.
“But it still a big issue, but I’m happy that in the Kaduna Capital Territory, Southern Kaduna and most of the state everything is peaceful and quiet. In Birnin Gwari, Igabi Giwa and Chikun Local Governments are areas where we still have to contend with kidnappers and bandits and the security agencies are doing their best,” the governor said.
He said the EndSARS protest was peaceful in Kaduna State until hoodlums hijacked it and started looting public and private property.
According to El-Rufai, about 100 people have been arrested in connection with the protest and would be prosecuted.
“We have to keep being vigilant and we have to keep working hard because if one person is kidnapped in Kaduna, then the state is still not safe.
“We have more than one person being kidnapped every day. So, we are concerned and we are working on it.”