Southwest group urges Buhari to call El-Rufai to order

Southwest group urges Buhari to call El-Rufai to order

- Governor El-Rufai's comment on godfatherism in Lagos state has been faulted by a socio-cultural group in Ogun

- The group asked President Buhari to call the governor to order, describing his comment as a lazy one

- According to the group, the Kaduna governor is an opportunist seeking to achieve his ulterior motive with the comment

President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to call Governor Nasir El-Rufai to order over his comments on ways to end godfatherism in Lagos state.

The Ogun state chapter of Omoluwabi Movement, a socio-cultural group in the southwest, made the call on Wednesday, May 8, in a statement in Abeokuta, The Nation reports.

The socio-political group said the comment by El-Rufai is a lazy talk by “frustrated political expansionist”.

The comment by the Kaduna state governor was made at an event organised by the Bridge Club in Ikoyi, Lagos at the weekend. The governor said the issue of godfatherism can be destroyed by connecting to the people and winning their interest.

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El-Rufai said there are three or four persons in Kaduna who give people political relevance but that he bypassed them with seeking for their help.

The group, through its publicity secretary, Ibukun Ogundola, said the governor should not be taken seriously.

The movement described the governor as “genuflecting opportunist, who will do anything, especially his renowned genuflecting prowess, to achieve his ulterior motive and who will abandon his benefactor, immediately he achieves his pecuniary aim.”

A part of the statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to the reported remarks of Kaduna state governor on ‘ending godfatherism in Lagos’. We urge all well-meaning Omoluwabi to disregard the comment as a ‘circumstantial idle talk at a dinner by an evasive governor, who realising his inability to give good account of his crisis-ridden governance of his state, chose to launch an indirect, uncultured, and muckraking attack on an iconic Omoluwabi and pillar of democracy and progressive politics in Africa…

“It is on record that El-Rufai has moved from one god-father to the other; from Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and now, President Buhari. As soon as he gets what he wants, he moves on to the next milk-shop.

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We wish to join in warning President Muhammadu Buhari to be wary of the man with a gargantuan ambition and to call him to order. His outburst is understandable as his political expansionist voyage of imposing his bookkeeper on the people of Ogun State was checkmated midstream by the members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the party’s governorship primary held last year.”

Meanwhile, earlier reported that in defence of Governor Nasir El Rufai's statement on how to retire Nigerian godfathers, the Kaduna state chapter of the APC on Wednesday, May 8, released a statement.

The ruling party in the state, through its assistant publicity secretary, Salisu Tanko Wusono, said that Governor El Rufai only urged the electorate to come out in massive numbers to vote. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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