- Governor Nasir El-Rufai had debunked claims that he had anointed a successor ahead of the 2023 election
- The governor said contrary to speculations, his successor might be a woman
- According to the governor, it is too early in the season to start making speculations and election prediction over who would succeed him come 2023
The Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Sunday, January 12, denied claims that he had anointed a successor ahead of the 2023 governorship election in the state.
Daily Trust reports that the governor also said that his successor unlike the growing speculations in the state, might be a woman.
The governor said it is too early in the season to start making speculations and election prediction over who would succeed him come 2023.
He further noted that only God knows who will replace him as the governor of the state.
El-Rufai said: "I heard a lot of things where people say I have already anointed a successor. I didn’t have anybody in mind that I want to replace me."
“I have many people working under me which I will want them to replace me because they are all qualified but to say I have an individual in mind, I will say I don’t. Let the masses elect the next leader for themselves and remember, only God can choose a leader," El-Rufai said.
He added that he gained the trust of the people before he was able to secure the seat of the governor of Kaduna state during the 2015 election.
“I went out to seek people’s support before I was voted. So, let anybody interested in replacing me to also seek the support of the people. My prayers always are for Allah to choose the right person for the state so that the state can move forward,” the governor said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that El-Rufai had earlier hinted the general public that about 10 have shown interest in succeeding him as governor of Kaduna state.
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The governor also denied the rumour that he had handpicked one of those who are coveting the position stating that only God gives power to whoever he chooses.
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