VIDEO: El-Rufai Kneels, Begs Kogi People To Forgive Governor Bello

 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State went all out on Thursday, going down on his knees to canvass support for Governor Yahaya Bello’s re-election bid.

El-Rufai who is also the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Gubernatorial Campaign in Kogi State made the gesture at a mega rally held for the governor in the state capital Lokoja.

“Many people say Yahaya Bello is young and that he has fought many people. For every one that the governor has offended, I am asking all of you to forgive him. He is young, he is supposed to make mistakes. When you are young, you make mistakes, but you are supposed to learn from him. On his behalf, I am kneeling down to beg all of you to forgive Yahaya Bello if he has offended you,” the governor said.

Beyond seeking forgiveness for whatever mistakes the governor had made, Governor El-Rufai praised him for his performance and took a swipe at the Peoples Democratic Party, urging the people to “bury PDP once and for all”.

He claimed that although the PDP had ruled the state for a long time, they “have done nothing” in the state.

“In the past four years, the progress recorded by the APC government under Governor Yahaya Bello is more than what the PDP has tried to do in 13 years,” he said.

Governor El-Rufai on his kneels at the APC mega rally in Kogi. Photo: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun

Whatever might have happened in the first tenure of Governor Bello, El-Rufai appealed to the people to know that he cares about the people of Kogi State.

Singing Bello’s praises, El-Rufai said, “He cares about this state, he has brought progress to this state, he has brought young people into government, he has brought women into government. He has brought physical progress; he has cleared salary arrears that he inherited from previous governments.
“You must all come out and support him. I beg you all.”

Among those who canvassed support for the Kogi governor at the rally ahead of Saturday’s election were the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari; wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo; and the National Chairman of the APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole.

I Am Working For APC’s Victory In Kogi Governorship Election, Says El-Rufai

 

Ahead of this Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi state, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state says he is working hard to ensure the second term re-election of Yahaya Bello as governor of the state.

In a statement issued on Sunday by his special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, El Rufai who is also chairman of the All Progressives Congress(APC) Campaign Council of Kogi state, dismisses the purported rumour being attributed to him that he has backed-out from his role to ensure the victory of Yahaya Bello in the forthcoming poll.

El Rufai said he gives his best to all his assignments, adding that the Kogi election will not be different.

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According to the statement, El Rufai along with other members of the campaign council, ‘’will be on the ground in Kogi this week as the APC works for another democratic mandate.

The statement further dismisses the fake quote ascribed to El Rufai as ‘’ a despicable fabrication, concocted and motivated by the desperation of the PDP..’’

‘’The people of Kogi State will make their free choice at the ballot. Therefore, every political actor has a duty to ensure that the voters act on the basis of accurate information, not lies and fake news.,’’ the statement advised.

Adekeye pointed out that ‘’APC will continue to campaign to persuade the people of Kogi State to renew the mandate they gave our party four years ago. That is the focus of the Malam Nasir El-Rufai and the members of APC Campaign Council.’’

Kogi Guber: Steer Clear Of Kogi State, PDP Tells El-Rufai

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, as Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Kogi state National Campaign Council, to steer clear of the state.

In a statement by its spokeman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP asked Governor El-Rufai to counsel Governor Yahaya Bello to accept defeat, claiming that the opposition will take the day come November the 16th.

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The PDP in its statement claimed that  knows that Governor Bello cannot point to any development project or initiative in his administration, adding that under the governor’s watch, Kogi has been reduced to the poorest state in the country.

“If the APC means well for Kogi state, the party should not be wasting its time to campaign but rather counsel Yahaya Bello to use the remaining days of his abysmal tenure to show remorse, pay up the 36 month arrears he owes workers and pensioners, restitute for those who died because of his suppressive rule and get ready with his handover notes.

“The APC Campaign Council should come to terms with the fact that the people of Kogi state had made up their minds to repay Yahaya Bello in his own coin by kicking him out of office,” the PDP stated.

Tribunal Upholds El-Rufai’s Election As Kaduna Governor

Governor Nasir El-Rufai

 

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in the Kaduna State capital has upheld the election of Nasir El-Rufai as duly elected governor of the State.

Delivering judgment on Monday, chairman of the three-man panel, Justice Ibrahim Bako, says that the petitioner, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Isah Ashiru was unable to prove his allegations of massive rigging and other electoral irregularities against Governor El-Rufai , the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) before the Tribunal.

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In the petition filed before the tribunal, the PDP candidate had alleged that irregularities trailed the conduct of the March 9, governorship election and asked the Tribunal to declare him winner of the election.

But the Tribunal ruled that the petitioner was unable to provide substantial evidence to prove his allegations, even as it notes that the petitioner did not present any factual evidence to prove INEC wrong in returning El-Rufai of the APC as duly elected. It however , dismisses the petitioner’s suit challenging the governorship election for lacking in merit .

Buhari Arrives In Kaduna For Commissioning Of Projects

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Kaduna State for the Commissioning of some projects.

He was received by Governor Nasir El Rufai and other top Government Officials at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Zaria.

During the visit, the president will commission the Phase II of the Zaria Regional Water Supply Project Completed the the Elrufai administration.

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The first phase of the project was commissioned on May 27, 2017, by the former national Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

The 150 million litres per day Zaria Water Treatment Plant which was solely financed by the Kaduna State Government is expected to end decades of water scarcity in Zaria and environs.

While in Kaduna, the President will also Commission post graduate centre of excellence at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria built by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

 

PHOTOS: El-Rufai Receives Trending Sci-Fi Teenage Filmmakers

 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has received a group of young teenagers who have recently risen to some fame following the social media success of their Sci-Fi short films. 

The teenagers who many say are on the verge of making a major break into the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood), create their films using only their mobile phones.

Governor El-Rufai praised their creativity, and offered the government’s support and constituted a team of senior officials to work on the details with their family.

The group of young cousins says they taught themselves special effects on youtube, using a smartphone.

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‘I Am Confident That The Abuja-Kaduna Road Is Now Safe – El-Rufai

 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has said that Kaduna-Abuja Highway is now safe and travelers need not be afraid. 

El-Rufai says his assurance is hinged on the security measures his administration has put in place, whose details he is not at liberty to discourse.

Speaking to State House Correspondents in Abuja on Monday, after a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Villa, El-Rufai said initiatives taken by the Inspector General of Police has started yielding results.

“I came to see Mr. President, to brief him on the general security situation in Kaduna, which I do from time to time.

“And also to update him on the various initiatives by the Inspector-General of Police, SSS and the Armed Forces, with a view to improving the security situation in Kaduna in general, and particularly along the Kaduna-Abuja Road.

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“I want to say here that the initiatives put in place have made the road quite safe now. Anyone can get on that road now.

“I don’t want to go into details of the measures that have already been put in place, but I’m confident of the security measures in place now, so that anyone can be confident to get on the Abuja-Kaduna road now.

“No matter what anyone said last week, I am assuring Nigerians that Kaduna-Abuja road is quite safe now; and will be, so long as the initiatives put in place by the various security agents continue to be in place, details of which I am not willing to disclose.”

Alleged Poll Rigging: El-Rufai Files Response At Election Petition Tribunal

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

 

Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai has filed his response at the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to a petition challenging his March 9 election victory.

The petition was filed by the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Isa Ashiru challenging the conduct of the governorship election with governor-elect, El-Rufai, of the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), as respondents.

Ashiru wants the tribunal to upturn the election of El-Rufai as governor and declare him the rightful winner of the election on the grounds that the poll was characterized by massive rigging in several polling units across the state.

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However, a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Election Petitions Committee, Hussani Gumi who filed the response on behalf of El-Rufai, expressed confidence that the governor’s victory at the tribunal is certain.

According to Gumi, the response to the petition is in line with the constitutional 14 days required for respondents to file their responses, even as he says the PDP candidate’s petition is nothing to worry about.

Gumi described Ashiru’s allegation that the APC rigged the governorship election as a mere figment of his imagination.

El-Rufai Gives Political Appointees Till April 30 To Resign

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai speaks at the state’s Economic and Investment Summit on April 3, 2019.

 

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has given political appointees till April 30, 2019, to resign from office.

A statement issued by the spokesman for the governor, Samuel Aruwan, says this to enable the governor to commence the selection of his new cabinet team for his second term in the office which commences on May 29.

According to the directive, each notice of resignation must be submitted along with a handover note, signed by the political appointee on behalf of the MDA or office to which he or she had been appointed, and should be addressed to the Principal Private Secretary to the governor.

Those affected by the directive include Commissioners in the State Executive Council, All Permanent Secretaries, Special Advisers, Directors-General, Executive Secretaries, Managing Directors, General Managers and other Heads of Agencies, others are  Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants and Technical Assistants to the Governor, other than the Kashim Ibrahim Fellows.

Excluded from compliance with the directive are full-time Commissioners of certain State Executive bodies who retain their tenured appointments in the following agencies: Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Civil Service Commission, Judicial Service Commission, Assembly Service Commission, the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIECOM), the Peace Commission, public Procurement Authority and Water Regulatory Authority.

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El-Rufai thanked all political appointees for their contributions and service to the state during his first term and as he constitutes the team that will assist him in his second term,

He said he expects the process to be enriched by the handover notes from the political appointees, and the report of the Transition Committee headed by the Deputy Governor-elect, Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe.

The statement added that the governor will exercise his constitutional prerogative to decide on re-appointments while giving the Kaduna State Ministry of Finance adequate time to compute severance payments and reconcile any liabilities.

“Due to recent adjustments in roles within the government, the occupants of and recent appointees into the following offices are also exempted from the directive to resign, Commissioner of Finance, Principal Private Secretary, Accountant-General, Special Adviser, Intergovernmental Relations, Managing Director, Kaduna Markets Development Company,  Managing Director, Kaduna Investment and Finance Company, and Any other political appointee sworn-in or appointed to their current role within the last six months”.

El-Rufai Visits Kaduna Community, Condemns Bandits Attack

Kaduna Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

 

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned the attack on Kakangi community following his visit to the scene of the incident.

The governor described the attack as inhuman and ungodly, assuring residents of the government’s commitment to restoring peace and security to the area and other troubled parts of the state.

He was accompanied on the visit by some government officials and security heads.

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The governor also visited those that were injured during the attack at the hospital to commiserate with them over the unfortunate incident.

Eight people including two policemen were on Saturday killed by armed bandits in an attack on the community.

The bandits who invaded the village on a motorbike also razed houses and the community’s market.

El-Rufai visits scene of attack

Death Rumour: El-Rufai Cautions Nigerians Against Spreading Fake News

 

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai, has cautioned Nigerians against the spread of fake news.

His statement follows death rumours from alleged involvement in a car accident.

The governor stated this during a welcome dinner organised for him by members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) after his arrival from a one week holiday abroad.

He said he was never involved in any car accident or in a coma as speculated on social media.

He explains that he took a  break and travelled abroad to rest after his re-election as governor, only to hear about his involvement in a car accident that led to the death of his driver, while he went into a coma.

He, however, advised Nigerians to avoid spreading false and unsubstantiated stories that are capable of overheating the polity on the social media, adding that those who spread the rumour of his death are playing God.

The governor also criticised the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, over his claim that he won the February 23 poll in Kaduna and not Buhari, adding that Abubakar might have won the election in his dream.

While thanking the majority of people of Kaduna state for reelecting him as governor,  El-Rufai promises to be fair and just to all citizens and zones in the state regardless of their religious or ethnic affiliations.

El-Rufai Re-Elected As Governor Of Kaduna

 

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai, has been re-elected as the governor of the state.

The State Collation Officer, Professor Mohammed Bello, declared him winner of the governorship election on Monday.

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According to Bello,  El-Rufai of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 1, 045,427 votes to defeat his closest rival, Isa Ashiru of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 814,168 votes.