Kaduna APC Accuse El-Rufai of Hijacking State Congress Exercise

El-rufaiThe Interim Management Committee and Chairmanship Aspirants of the Kaduna State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have accused the Deputy National Secretary of the party and former FCT Minister, Mallam Nasir El-rufai, of manipulating the recently conducted ward and local government congresses which was inconclusive due to the alleged antics of the former minister and his agents.

While the party is determined to uproot the PDP in the forthcoming 2015 elections, the ward and local congresses to elect those to lead the party at the grass root level seems to be tearing the party members.

Addressing a press conference in Kaduna on Monday, Chairman of the interim Management Committee, who doubles as Spokesman of the Forum of Chairmanship Aspirants, Dr Hakeem Baba Ahmed, also accused the State Congress Committee of double standards and incompetence to conduct credible and transparent congress.

He added that the entire members of the party in the state have lost confidence in the committee, and called on the APC national leadership to wade into the crisis and immediately disband the committee and appoint a new one before the state congress taking place on Saturday, June 6.

According to the nine state chairmanship aspirants and other state executive members of the party, the roles played by Mallam El-Rufai, his agents and some legislators have created massive problems for the Kaduna State APC and is capable of destroying the party if something is not done urgently to address them.

However, in a dramatic manner, while the press conference was going on, the man in the centre of the whole drama, Mallam El-rufai surfaced.

He described the accusations levelled against him by the aggrieved members of the party as baseless. He told newsmen that those crying wolf are the people who don’t have electoral value and therefore resorted to cheap blackmail, and therefore advised them to follow proper channels to address their grievances instead of going to the media.

The chairmanship aspirants – who lost during the exercise – are still crying wolf, and maintained that they want the entire process cancelled to give room for a fresh congress.

Abuse Of Power: Court Frees El-Rufai

An Abuja High Court has freed former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir El-Rufai, of charges of abuse of power.

The former FCT minister, now a leading member of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, was charged under the Corruption and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 for using his position to corruptly revoke a plot of land from its previous owners – Power Holding Company of Nigeria Plc – and re-award same to his wife, Hadiza Ahmed El-Rufai.

The court gave the verdict acquitting Mr. El-rufai of criminal charges on Friday morning.

In his reaction, Mr El-Rufai said that he holds no grudges against his accusers. His media aide, Muyiwas Adekeye said: “It is a vindication he never doubted will come, confident in his innocence and the integrity with which he served this country.”

“Despite the magnitude of the pains he has endured, El Rufai has decided to put all this in the past. He intends to move on, stepping confidently into the future with forgiveness and goodwill, devoid of the cobwebs of grudge.”

Mr. El-Rufai has been on trial since 2008.

Boko Haram Leaders Are Not Ghost, Jonathan Knows Them – El-Rufai

Contrary to claims by President Goodluck Jonathan that members of the extremist group, Boko Haram are faceless, former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir El-Rufai on Tuesday said the president knows who leaders of the group were.

Mr El-Rufai, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said the Federal Government knows much more about the sect then what they are letting out to the public.

The former minister said, “I think President Jonathan knows the leaders of Boko Haram because at one point he said that Boko Haram members are in his government. Who are those members that have infiltrated his government?”

Speaking at a town hall meeting last week during his visit to Damaturu, Yobe State, one of the areas worst hit by terror attacks, President Jonathan said granting amnesty to Boko Haram members was unlikely for now because members of the group have remained “ghosts” with no one coming forward to admit membership of the sect.

“You cannot declare amnesty for ghosts. Boko Haram still operates like ghosts. So, you can’t talk about amnesty for Boko Haram now until you see the people you are discussing with. When you call the Niger Delta militants, they will come; but nobody has agreed that he is Boko Haram; no one has come forward. If amnesty can solve the situation, then no problem, but nobody has come forward to make himself visible,” the president had said.

El-Rufai Supports Creation Of State, Local Government Police

A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir El-Rufai on Tuesday said he supports the creation of community police as a means of dealing with the raising waves of insecurity in Nigeria.

Mr El-Rufai, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said once the States and Local Government councils are allowed to have their own police, the government should then review the country’s criminal law and categorise crimes into Federal, state and local.

He said, “I think a large percent of security begins with the community. If you can make the community secure, you are less likely to have crimes at the state level and federal level. If you can make states secure, you are less likely to have crimes at federal level.

“So I am a supporter of community police.”

Listen To Elders Who Were Ministers When You Still Wore Napkin, El-Rufai Tells Jonathan

Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir El-Rufai on Tuesday said that President Goodluck Jonathan should listen to the advice from the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar and the Borno Elders Council on how to deal with the militant insurgence in Northern Nigeria.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr El-Rufai said rather than dismiss the call of the Sultan to declare amnesty for members of extremist group, Boko Haram, President Jonathan should consider the carrot and stick approach in quelling terrorism.

He said, “The government should have an open mind to exploring every solution. If the Sultan of Sokoto speaks, I think people should take what he says with a little bit more seriousness than be dismissive.

“When the Borno Elders, including people that were ministers when President Jonathan was wearing napkin, people like that should be listened to and whatever they suggest should be explored.”