APC Convention: Why Nigerian Presidency is monitoring El-rufai
The Nigerian Presidency is currently monitoring the activities of Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, over alleged plans to scuttle the forthcoming national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Sources in the Presidency said that El-Rufai’s recent controversial post on the Progressive Governors Forum WhatsApp Platform has put him in a negative light.
El-Rufai had in the past week reacted in an audacious way to Buhari’s return of the Yobe Governor, Mai Mala Buni, as the Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Chairman as against El-Rufai’s preference, Niger state Governor, Sani Bello.
The President claimed the decision was part of efforts to save the party from extinction and a repetition of the 2019 episodes in Zamfara. Buhari also sounded a note of warning to Governors sowing the seed of discord in the party to stop their antics and work for the collective interest of the party.
Controversial Whatsapp Message
Governor El-Rufai, in the leaked WhatsApp message which had since gone viral, said he was done with the “charade”, apparently referring to the President’s decision to return Buni.
“Your Excellences, unity is impossible to attain when leaders that are in office, because we consented to it, are consistently erratic, capricious, corrupt, and deceitful.
“Let’s restate that I am done with this charade, unless concrete, honest and transparent steps are taken to implement our agreed plans under a leadership we trusted,” he wrote on the Governors’ Forum platform.
Multiple sources said the message has been brought to Buhari’s attention, adding that the President did not take it lightly.
“The President felt really uncomfortable with the message and was really surprised that someone like El-Rufai could dare him. That’s why El-Rufai has been placed under heavy security monitoring.”
According to one of the feelers who confided in Politics Nigeria’s reporter, El-Rufai has reportedly succeeded in getting some of the governors on his side and they are planning to boycott the March 26 national convention.
“They’ve been discovered to be planning to scuttle the national convention. Himself and a few other governors. He asked governors loyal to his camp to boycott all the activities leading to the convention. They’re insisting that the president should choose between Buni and them. That as long as it’s Buni that will conduct the elections, they will boycott it.”
It was as a result of the revolt, that the screening of the Chairmanship aspirants did not commence on Saturday as earlier scheduled, another source at the party secretariat said.
Politics Nigeria contacted El-Rufai’s spokesperson, Muyiwa Adekeye, for his reaction but he was yet to respond to telephone calls or texts put across as of press time.