By Iduma Simon

Barely a week after the All Progressives Congress Presidential candidate, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, raised the alarm that the Naira Design and fuel scarcity were part of an ochestrated plot to undermine him in the forthcoming general elections, Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El- Rufai has spoken in similar vein.

Speaking on Wednesday on a Channels TV monitored programme, Sunrise Daily, Governor Nasir El-Rufai declared that certain individuals whose favoured candidate lost out in the APC presidential convention where Senator Tinubu emerged are in league to supplant the APC presidential candidate in February 25 presidential election.

The governor said those individual elements are hiding behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s desire to do what he thinks is right.

He said: ”I believe there are elements in the Villa that want us to lose the election because they didn’t get their way; they had their candidate. Their candidate did not win the primaries.

“They are trying to get us to lose the election, and they are hiding behind the president’s desire to do what he thinks is right. I will give two examples: this petroleum subsidy, which is costing the country trillions of Naira, was something that we all agreed would be removed. In fact, I had a discussion with the president and showed him why it had to go. Because how can you have a capital budget of N200b for federal roads and then spend N2 Trillion on petroleum subsidy? This was a conversation I had with the president in 2021 when the subsidy thing started rising. He was convinced. We left. It changed. Everyone in the government agreed, and it changed.

“The second example I will give is this currency redesign. You have to understand the president. People are blaming the Governor of the Central Bank for the currency redesign, but No. You have to go back and look at the first outing of Buhari as president. He did this; the Buhari, Idiagbon regime changed our currency and did it in secrecy with a view to catching those that are stashing away illicit funds. It is a very good intention. The president has his right. But doing it at this time within the allotted time does not make any political or economic sense.”

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