Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, Kaduna State Governor, on Thursday said President Muhammadu Buhari forced him to run for the governorship of the state. He disclosed this at the closing ceremony of the two-day Kaduna Investment Forum held at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua Indoor Sports Hall, Murtala Square, Kaduna.
According to El-Rufai, without the encouragement he received from Buhari, who was the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), and the card reader introduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), he wouldn’t have been Kaduna State Governor.
He stressed that without the card reader, the PDP would have robbed him of victory at the poll.
“It was President Buhari that forced me to contest for the governorship race of Kaduna State in revenge for persuading him to run the presidential race. If he had not asked me to run for the governorship, I wouldn’t have stood before you today as the governor of the state.
“It is the Buhari phenomenon that had swept away the PDP. Buhari is a man of integrity, a Nigerian leader whose name has not been found in the Panama documents.
“I thank the people Kaduna State for voting for us, we did not pay kobo to get those votes, if it were in those days without the card reader, we would have lost the election. I promise you, we will keep working until we make this state a better place for you.”
He said the President inherited 16 years of impunity, and that it will take time to clean it up, and thus, urged Nigerians to be patient with the President.
“The President inherited 16 years of impunity, and it will take time to clean it up, so all Nigerians need to be patient with him. And with the quality of leaders we have in the country, Nigeria will take its rightful place in the comity of nations.”