The embattled Kaduna State Governor,
Nasir El-Rufai, has declared that his fate in the 2019 election, lies
with God and President Muhammad Buhari.
El-Rufai, spoke on a special phone-in radio programme, in Kaduna, to mark his two years in office.
This statement came at the heels of the
glamour call for Buhari to throw in the towel and tender his
resignation, due to health challenges.
Recall that before now, El-Rufai had
been acting as the defacto Vice President, who allegedly calls the shot
on behalf of Buhari, while the substantive Vice President, Yemi
Osinbajo, was regarded as a ‘flat spare tyre, or a mere commissioner’.
Speaking, El-Rufai said: “If the
President comes and meets me, and says I want you to re-contest or
otherwise, I have no option than to obey his command.
“After all, in 2014 or thereabout, I had
my own plans before the President asked me to contest the exalted
position of the Governor, and the rest is now history”, he added.
El-Rufai also dismissed reports that his
government had received grants from Melinda Gates for some of the
projects being implemented in the State capital, and its locality.
He declared: “We have not only cut cost in governance, but we have saved to carry out these projects.
“We were not reckless in our spending, but we are very meticulous and prudent in our finances. Your money is safe.”
El-Rufai cautioned those promoting
division and violence to desist from such acts, warning that violence
would only lead to destruction and not development.