APC Deputy Publicity Scribe warns Buhari against El-Rufai
A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank has warned President Muhammadu Buhari to beware of the antics of the likes of Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai whom he said has a record of betraying all his benefactors.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, Frank said the President must be careful in dealing with the governor, pointing out that his claim of being a member of the “Buharist’s group” amount to disservice to some other Nigerians who truly love the President.
Frank who was reacting to a statement credited to the governor over comments attributed to the Women Affairs Minister Aisha Jummai Alhassan, declared that what the Minister said was out of conscience, honesty and not disrespect for President Buhari, saying the woman did not mean any harm.
He said President, “ Buhari is a man of the people and knows the people who are truly his own and when people are talking of loyalty, El-Rufai should keep quite because he is not known to be one. A serial betrayal like this governor has no record of loyalty to anybody.”
He dismissed the claim by the governor that his group was asking President Buhari to seek re-election in 2019, pointing out that, “ the governor does not have any electoral value and credibility to force the President to contest the 2019 elections” adding that “Buhari is in best position to take such decision by himself.”
He said the antics of the governor was aimed at blackmailing the President into endorsing him for a second term bid or endorsing him to run for the President if the President refuses to seek re-election.
Frank who is also the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC reminded the Presidency that “when Nigerians were busy praying for safe return of Mr. President from his medical leave in London some months back, it was alleged that the likes of El-rufai were busy scheming on how to become the Vice President.
“El-rufai is known for singing sycophantic praises whenever he is in government. He did it to former President Olusegun Obasenjo and later abandoned him. He did it to Atiku, who brought him to the limelight, and letter became his enemy. He has even repeated this same act against President Muhammad Buhari, who El-rufai said that he would never become President. The record is there for everybody to see. He will do it again once Buhari leaves government.
“May be, El-rufai was expecting Mama Taraba to become selfish, self-centered, arrogant, and turn Judas like him, and turn her back against Atiku Abubakar who will always stand by her again and again politically,” he said.
On the statement credited to the former Vice President which is generating reactions, Frank urged the President to look at the comments and the good intention aimed at adding value to his government and not otherwise.
Frank also recalled that the same El-rufai had late last year written a lengthy lamentation letter to the President which was later made public.