- Governor El-Rufai has asked President Buhari to deal with overambitious elements that will make his second term difficult
- The governor claimed some APC members are already focused on how to get power in 2023
- According to the Kaduna governor, these interests cost the party some states in 2019 election
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has revealed that some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are already plotting for leadership positions for 2023.
The Punch reports that the Kaduna governor spoke on Saturday, May 5 in Ikoyi. El-Rufai said this ambition as well as internal crisis cost the party during the 2019 general elections and made the APC lose some states.
The Kaduna governor called on President Muhammadu Buhari to deal with party elders involved in these overambitious interests.
He said: “There were a lot of internal crises in the APC; those crises had nothing to do with the 2019 elections; they were all about positioning for 2023. You know politicians can be very strategic; as illiterate as some of them can be, they are very strategic, they can think far ahead of you.
“So, those 2023 aspirations had been busy at work, creating pockets of support that had unintended consequences. I can mention a few states that we lost because of these kinds of aspirations. Some of the things led to unintended consequences and we paid for it. It is my view that President Muhammadu Buhari must be firm and decisive in dealing with these overambitious elements that will make his second term difficult from day one unless curtailed. The President has to be very decisive in dealing with such people.”
According to the governor, no matter who the president or governor is, everyone must come together and agree on certain issues. He said the nuances of how to achieve the goals may differ from party to party but the goals will remain.
"We all must agree upon that no matter what type or government or leader we have, we must for instance, agree that we must give every child in Nigeria free basic education. We must agree on that. Every human being in Nigeria is entitled to universal health care. We must agree on these things," he added.
Meanwhile El-Rufai advised Lagosians on how to end godfatherism in the state’s politics.
The governor said he defeated and retired four political godfathers in Kaduna state, adding that the feat could be replicated anywhere, including Lagos state.
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