Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Friday after the Jumat prayer at the mosque in the Presidential Villa in Abuja said that no governor under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) would defect with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
El-Rufai’s comment was a reaction to the formal resignation of Atiku from the APC.
While the statement by the governor may be true, Mrs. Aisha Alhassan, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Minister of Women Affairs, is however expected to join her godfather (Atiku) in whichever party he eventually decides to join.
Mrs. Alhassan, a chieftain of the APC, had long declared her unshaken support for Atiku should he decide to run for presidency even against her current boss, President Buhari, come 2019.
Governor El-Rufai however noted that APC governors will not join Atiku as they have all declared their support for Buhari come 2019. Adding that, “Atiku is not and has never been a threat to Buhari.”
“That I am sure of. I can speak authoritatively about it because I’m in touch with my colleagues,” he noted.
“The only governor that he would think will go with him, the governor of Adamawa State has already endorsed President Buhari for the 2019 elections. And there are many governors, I will not mention the number but a majority of the APC governors have already taken the position that the president should run for a second term in office.”
“We are confident that the way to preserve our party and preserve and advance the interest of Nigeria is for Mr. President to run for a second term. I’m curious to see which APC governor will go with Atiku,” El-Rufai added.
El-Rufai’s statement is however in doubt as Mr. Jibrilla Bindow, the Governor of Adamawa State, Atiku’s State of Origin, had previously revealed that Mr. Atiku sponsored his governorship campaign with about N500million.
Mr. Bindow had however before now declared his support for President Muhammadu Buhari, if he decides to run in 2019.