PRESIDENT BUHARI HAS NEVER USED FEDERAL POWERS TO RIG ELECTIONS – GOVERNOR EL-RUFAI
Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has said President Muhammadu Buhari has never used federal powers to rig elections.
He made this known while in a programme on Channels TV, Sunrise Daily, on Monday, September 21, 2020.
While commenting on the on the Edo state gubernatorial election which held on Saturday, September 19, the Kaduna State Governor said he was optimistic that the All Progressive Congress (APC) would win the election.
He said; “We’d have loved to win. Quite frankly, I was optimistic up to three weeks ago because there was indication that we were going to win. I don’t know what happened in the last two, three weeks of the campaign. As you know, a large number of voters make up their minds in the last two weeks of election, many voters decide no matter what happens, this is how I’m voting.
“Three weeks ago, the polls clearly showed that APC is going to win but the results came out differently from what we expected. There was very little violence or none at all. So, Obaseki has won, that’s it.
“One thing that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has always done is to say that there must be free and fair elections and the people’s choice must prevail. The president has never used what is called federal might that other governments have used in the past to steal elections. We always insist that everyone should go and pitch to the people and may the best man win and we can live with it.”
Speaking further, El-Rufai said his administration would not allow the COVID-19 pandemic stop it from developing the State.
El-Rufai said his Government would take advantage of any opportunity brought by the pandemic through the ongoing fifth edition of the Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit (KADINVEST).
“In this crisis, there is opportunity. So, as a government, we’re looking at how to help small businesses like courier and ICT to do better.
“While some businesses suffered and some totally crippled, some others boomed.
“We’re putting the infrastructure, environment and incentives for businesses in Kaduna to thrive. If we cannot have a physical KADINVEST, we can have a virtual one,” he said.