- The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asks Governor El-Rufai to stop what it considers an unguarded statement against Peter Obi
- The PDP accuses El-Rufai, who governs Kaduna, of inciting comments that have affected Nigeria over time
- The party asks El-Rufai to start getting set to leave office in 2019 as he would be voted out during the next election
Nigeria’s opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday, November 10, cautioned Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna over what the organisation described as his unguarded comment against Peter Obi, the running mate to Atiku Abubakar.
The PDP accused El-Rufai of saying Peter Obi, the party’s vice presidential candidate, was a tribal bigot
The party described Obi as a nationalist that cannot be associated with tribal bigotry.
“The PDP therefore advises Governor El-Rufai to face the myriad of problems he has caused in Kaduna state for which the people have resolved to vote him out and stop his attempt to further foul the nation’s political space by making comments capable of stoking religious and ethnic division in our country.
“Governor El-Rufai should not attempt to export the kind of inciting and inflammatory statements that have led to conflagration and bloodletting in his Kaduna state to our national political firmament.
“From El-Rufai’s comment, Nigerians now know those behind the series of smear campaigns and spurious allegations against our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Peter Obi.
“Instead of fixating on our party and the soaring popularity of our presidential candidate, we expect El-Rufai to show remorse that he was part of those who brought in the Buhari administration, which has inflicted so much pain on Nigerians in the last three and half years,” the party said in a statement made available by Kola Ologbondiyan, its national spokesperson.
The statement obtained by Legit.ng asked El-Rufai to know that the 2019 election will not be about name calling, smear campaign and character assassination, “but on finding solutions to the issue of governance for which Nigerians are fully rallied on the platform of the PDP.
“El-Rufai should therefore steer clear of our party and our candidates and begin to prepare to give a full account of his tenure as governor of Kaduna state.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that Malam Nasir El-Rufai accused Peter Obi of being a tribal bigot.
El-Rufai, made the accusation in a tweet while reacting to another tweet from a group, Coalition of Buhari-Osinbajo Movement, quoting an article from Leadership accusing Obi of deporting northerners from Anambra state during his tenure as governor.
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