2023 Presidency: Forget All You’ve Read About El Rufai Castigating Tinubu! Here’s What May Eventually Happen!

The race for who becomes the President and Vice Presidential flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress us already on. But quite interestingly, a major candidate who is being touted as possible option for Tinubu to pick as his Vice Presidential runner is already throwing so much tantrums and out rightly  rejecting his being paired with the jagaban.
 
El Rufai is already well know as a controversial political figure. His utterances sometimes beguile his stature and appears to come out before being well thought through.
 
The Kaduna state governor had purportedly attacked the former Lagos state governor when during a conference for Lagos business men he said he could teach Lagos politicians how to do away with the alleged god-father of Lagos politics, a statement which most Nigerians read as an indirectly directed at Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
 
El-Rufai had said, “Godfatherism. This is Lagos. Let me tell you something sir; you know, Kaduna State used to be like that. There were three or four politicians in Kaduna that you could not become anything unless you had them on your side. Those were the godfathers of Kaduna politics and you had to carry them along and you know, the three words, ‘carry them along’ mean paying them regularly.
 

“But we chose a different path and the long and short of it now is that after this election in 2019, we have retired all of them; we had to.”

El-Rufai added that the fact that only one million out of the six million registered voters in Lagos voted in the last general elections was an opportunity to end godfathership in the state.

He said, “Here in Lagos, you have over six million registered voters, only about a million voted (in 2019 general elections); five million did not vote. If I want to run for governor of Lagos, I will start now. I will commission a study to know why those five million registered voters did not vote; where do they go on election day? Then I will start visiting them for the next four years. I will try and get just two million of them to come and vote for me; I will defeat any godfather. The key is to go to the people. The card reader and the biometric register have given us the tools to connect directly with the people. I assure you if you do that for the next four years, connecting with the people; the tin godfather, you will retire him or her permanently. But it is hard work; it requires three to four years of hard work. So, if you want to run in 2023, you should start now.”

Speaking further he addressed the issue of money saying it would require about N2bn to do the job, which he said the businessmen had.

“With about N2bn; if you start, you see these guys with black ties, they will give you the N2bn. Many of the godfathers are either on paper or in the mind of people in politics. They are defeatable. We retired four of them in Kaduna State within a four-year time and they are gone. One of them boasted that he put me in the government house and he would take me out.”

After a widespread bashing on the comments, El Rufai possibly bowing to pressure was quoted recently as saying his god-fatherism comments were not meant for Tinubu.  

The question then is this,who was he referring to with the comment?

Virtually everyone knows that Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the undisputed god-father of Lagos politics,a title even he himself has accepted and doesn’t deny.

Again El-Rufai threw caution to the wind some weeks back when he spoke through one of his aides who refused to be named as he was not the official spokesman of the Governor saying, “Nigerians know who a drug baron is. Nigerians know who was arrested and convicted of drug peddling in the US some decades ago.
“The Executive Governor of Kaduna tate cannot be a running mate to such a person.”
 
Reacting further the aide said:
“Who was he before being a governor? Where did he acquire his wealth? Who has bought Lagos State? Whose company collects revenue for Lagos State and has brought his protege to head one of the most important agencies of federal government – Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS – to collect revenue for FG?
 
“Have you heard the latest? FIRS is now embroiled in corruption running to tens of billions. Who do you think is collecting the money?”
He questioned why would a respected Governor of Kaduna accepts to be such a person’s running mate? “He’s not fit being his running mate. He would not even allow Tinubu to be his running mate, no, it’s not possible.

For El Rufai,while we may not be sure yet just what informed his deluge of public outbursts almost all centered around the candidature of the national leader of the party, it certainly alludes to one undeniable fact: that even him is thinking ahead of the politics around 2023 and who becomes Nigeria’s next president.

And  the possibility of his still coming in into the presidential race circle is as almost real as his own shadow.
Infact it would appear that his recent outburst is probably a diversionary act to take the public’s attention away from him until the time is ripe and the true state of his relationship with the leader of the All Progressives Congress is revealed.

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