How el-Rufai trickishly outsmarted Shehu Sani

By Aiyeku Timothy September 10, 2015 11:00

How el-Rufai trickishly outsmarted Shehu Sani

Kaduna Governor, Nasir el-Rufai has declared free admission forms and processing fees for prospective students into all tertiary institutions owned by the State Government.

This was disclosed by the State Commissioner of Education, Shehu Adamu, while sounding a clear warning that the sale of scratch cards to admission-seekers for access to school portals be stopped immediately.

    “The Kaduna State government is persuaded by the aspirations of young people for admission into higher institutions and that should not be treated as a revenue source,” he said

He explained that the council is persuaded that the aspirations of young people for admission into higher institutions should not be treated as a revenue source.

El-Rufai’s resolve in the educational sector could be interpreted as a trick to outsmart his political rival, Senator Shehu Sani who earlier showed distributed Army Recruitment Forms and PIN Codes to 190 youths in the seven Local Government Areas of his zone.

The gesture from the Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone was an attempt to help unemployed youths from poor families become useful to the society and to directly contribute in bringing lasting peace and security in the country.

In his address to the beneficiaries, he stated that “I have made it a priority that young men and women from my zone will never miss any opportunity of recruitment into any institution and organizations anymore.

    “As a Senator, I am in Abuja for you; I will always do whatever I can for you to have a future that Nigeria will be proud of. This is not a political gathering, but I have also provided transport and feeding for the candidates,” he added

El-Rufai and the Senator Sani have both been at loggerhead on issues of governance and policies of the State, with the Senator claiming the Governor’s policies are “anti-people policies.”

See: Senator Sani goes to war with El-Rufai

Recall that the Senator claimed to have stepped down his ambition of being the Kaduna Governor after being told that el-Rufai was President Muhammadu Buhari’s favorite.

    “For the first time, let me tell you some background issues in the political divide in Kaduna.

    “I never intended to contest for the Senate; I wanted to contest for the governorship and I opened offices in Zaria, Kaduna and Kafanchan, and later there was pressure on me that I should step down. Politicians came to meet me; that I should step down and allow el-Rufai to contest because they said he was the favourite of the President.”