‘FG not aware of anyone working against Tinubu’ – FG tells El-Rufai
The Federal Government stated on Wednesday that it was “officially unaware” of any entity in the Presidential Villa working against the victory of Bola Tinubu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress.
It also stated that President Muhammadu Buhari was not favoring or disfavoring any presidential candidate ahead of the election on February 25.
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, told State House Correspondents after this week’s Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by the President at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, “We do not officially know if anyone is working against any candidate.”
Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, claimed that certain “elements” in Aso Rock are working against Tinubu’s election to be presidenct.
El-Rufai, speaking on the Channels Television breakfast show Sunrise Daily, explained that the individuals in question were upset that Tinubu defeated their candidate in the APC presidential primary held in June 2022.
He cited the redesigned naira policy as one of several schemes aimed at APC presidential candidate Tinubu, who made a similar claim a week prior.
El-Rufai states, “I believe there are elements in the Villa who want us to lose the election because they did not get their way; they had their candidate.” Their candidate lost the primary election.
“They are attempting to cause us to lose the election by hiding behind the President’s desire to do what he believes is right.
I will provide two examples: this petroleum subsidy, which costs the country trillions of Naira, was agreed to be eliminated by all parties.
“In fact, I discussed this with the President and demonstrated why it had to be eliminated.
‘FG to El-Rufai: We are not aware of anyone working against Tinubu’
Because how is it possible to have a N200 billion capital budget for federal roads and then spend N2 trillion on petroleum subsidies?
This was a discussion I had with the President in 2021, when the subsidy issue began to escalate. He was persuaded. We left. It evolved. Everyone in government agreed, and the policy was altered.
“The second illustration I will provide is the redesign of the currency. You must comprehend the President. People are blaming the Central Bank Governor for the redesign of the currency, but No. You must examine Buhari’s first public appearance as president.
“He did this; the Buhari-Idiagbon regime changed our currency in secret with the intention of catching those hiding illegal funds. It is a very noble goal. The President is correct. However, doing so within the allotted time frame makes no political or economic sense.”
On Wednesday, however, in response to a question about the issue, Mohammed argued that the Buhari administration has treated all candidates impartially, regardless of their party affiliation.
He said, “On a more serious note, I can assure you that this administration is focused and determined to ensure a free and fair election regardless of who is in office.
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