- Governor Nasir El-Rufai said politics is a way to elect leaders that would foster common wealth of the people
- El-Rufai made this statement in defence of his selection of Hadiza Balarabe as his running mate
- The governor said the policy of allocating the deputy governor slot to a Christian in Kaduna, has not succeeded in advancing unity, integration of Christian and Muslim communities in the state
- The APC governorship candidate declared that he is confident that Hadiza will work in the interest of the people
Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, has declared that presidents and governors should have deputies who can continue with their administration after they go to the great beyond.
El-Rufai made this known when he featured on Sunrise Daily, a programme on Channels Television. The governor stated this in defence of his selection of Hadiza Balarabe as his running mate.
He said the policy of allocating the deputy governor slot to a Christian in the state has been more or less the unstated policy since 1992.
He said: “I think politics is a way to elect leaders that would deliver public good and what is important is not the religion of the person or his ethnicity but whether he can deliver and I am confident that Hadiza can deliver.
“The reason why the governors and president have deputies is in the event of mortalities. I am 58 to 59 years old; I could drop dead. I have to pick someone in the event I drop dead, which can happen anytime. Can that person run the state competently? That was what determined my choice in 2015 and that determined my choice in 2019. Religion or ethnicity are at the back of my mind."
Speaking on his decision to adopt a Muslim-Muslim ticket, he added: “I am saying that the policy of allocating the deputy governor slot to a Christian in Kaduna state, which has been more or less the unstated policy since 1992, has not succeeded in advancing unity, integration of Christian and Muslim communities in Kaduna state.
“In fact, one of the worst rounds of violence we have had in the state was in 1992 exactly when Maggie was the first Christian deputy governor of Kaduna state.”
On if the Muslim-Muslim ticket would make a difference, he said: “I do not know. I am ready to try. What I am saying is the Muslim-Christian ticket has not delivered on the promise, so what is wrong in trying something else?”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that El-Rufai Buhari's reacted to President Buhari's refusal to sign Electoral Act amendment bill into law.
The governor said he was indifferent to President Buhari's position on the Electoral Act amendment, adding that there was no substantial changes in the electoral act after he looked at the provisions of the amendment bill.
He said he was one of those who had advocated that it should not be assented to because there was an agenda from the National Assembly that was not in the national interest. He, however, said that he did not see any issues in the last version of the Electoral Act amendment bill, saying that he believed the president got properly advised before withholding assent.
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