BREAKING: End Of The Road, As PDP Rejects Nasir El-Rufai, Fully Endorses Kayode Fayemi

By Post-Nigeria: May 20, 2019 09:22

BREAKING: End Of The Road, As PDP Rejects Nasir El-Rufai, Fully Endorses Kayode Fayemi

A report by The Nation Newspaper, indicates that ahead of the election of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, Chairman, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors have endorsed their Ekiti State colleague, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, and dumped the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

Already, there are signals that El-Rufai might back out of the race, as the contest will hold on Wednesday, May 22, in Abuja.

The NGF, has produced 6 Chairmen in the last 20 years of Nigeria’s democracy. The South-West, North-East, and South-East, have not however, chaired the NGF.

Most PDP Governors are said to be uncomfortable with El-Rufai, because of his derision of the opposition, and hardline on some national issues, especially from the religious perspective.

El-Rufai is seen by some PDP Governors as one of the architects of the defeat of the opposition party, in the last general elections.

A PDP Governor said: “We have decided not to support El-Rufai, as the next Chairman of the NGF, because his temperament is not good enough for this Office. He is a courageous, brilliant, and smart individual, but if he leads NGF, his caustic comments can create discontent among us.

“Also, he has a Headmaster instinct, which does not fit into a Forum where we are all colleagues. Since Fayemi has indicated interest, we prefer him as a Moderate.”

Another PDP Governor said: “The Kaduna Governor does not care a hoot about PDP, a party which provided him the opportunity to climb up leadership positions. He has derided us during the campaign; we will pay him back in his own coin.

“The outgoing NGF Chairman, Abdulaziz Yari, has set a template of dialoguing with the Presidency for interventions, including the latest N649.43 billion, and we need another Governor who can continue.

“We do not want any NGF Chairman who will use the Forum as a platform for the 2023 general elections. We respect El-Rufai, but we will not give him this opportunity.”

An outgoing APC Governor said: “We want to go into the NGF election united, unlike the case in 2011, when we had a split among ourselves. The APC Governors are already building consensus too around Fayemi.

“The ongoing talks may lead to the withdrawal of El-Rufai from the race, more so, a Governor from North-West has just ended his tenure as NGF Chairman. Equity demands that the Office should be conceded to another geopolitical zone.

“I think the candidature of Fayemi is more acceptable to both APC and PDP caucuses. He is also a ranking Governor in our midst.”

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