The governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has debunked rumors that he is planning to contest as President in 2019, he rather described himself and a group of other governors as ‘Buharists’ who are praying for Mr. president’s speedy recovery and are pushing for him to contest and return as President in 2019.
“We are Buharists. Our political ideology is to support whatever President Buhari wants to support, and that has not changed.
“We have Buharists among the governors and ministers. Our group wants to ensure that he runs in 2019. If he chooses not to run, he will tell us which direction to go.”
“We are Buharists; we don’t have any personal ambition, we don’t have any personal aspiration and we are waiting for him to decide and every political effort we are making, every structure we are creating is toward that end,” he added.
The former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) who disclosed this while speaking to State House Correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday, dismissed speculations that he was a possible replacement if the president chooses not to contest in 2019.
“My name has continuously been mentioned as a presidential aspirant since 2007 after my years in the FCT, there is nothing new about that. What I want to say here clearly is that I have never even been a governorship aspirant.
“I am a governor today by the grace of God because Buhari called me and said go and run for governor of Kaduna State. As far as 2019 is concerned, my position is that the president is looking very well; he is recuperating very fast. My hope and prayer is that he should still contest in 2019.”
Reacting to comments made by the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha al-Hassan, El-Rufai noted that Nigerians should not be surprised or shocked as the Minister has never been in the President’s camp neither has she ever supported or believed in his ideologies.
According to him, the Women Affairs Minister has a right to her political opinions while still a member of the cabinet.
He maintained that the President holds the decision on whether or not she should be dispensed with.