Tue, Oct 03, 2023

el-Rufai behind plan to pull me down, says APC chieftain accused of embezzlement

el-Rufai behind plan to pull me down, says APC chieftain accused of embezzlement

The Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai may have his hands full the more if the throwback by Inuwa Abdulkadir, the All Progressive Congress, APC National Chairman North West, is anything to go by.

Abdulkadir is blaming the Kaduna state governor for his current woes as he refuted on Friday in Abuja, allegations that he embezzled the party`s campaign fund in 2015.

Abdulkadir was reacting to the allegation made against him by Aisha Kaita, the North West Woman Leader of the party.

According to him, the allegation which also indicted the zonal executive committee of the party, were fabricated, far reaching and baseless.

“My reaction for now is that these are mere allegations, intentionally fabricated to ridicule my person and bring me to disrepute.

“ I wish to state that the only funds that were disabused to the zone were done through the party`s account which was operated at the instance of its National Secretariat.

“To the best of my knowledge, nobody has ever made any remittance from March 2015 to date into the account of the party.’’

Abdulkadir, however, added that he had been maintaining the party’s secretariat on his personal account, while he foots his bills to attend party meetings in Abuja and within the zone.

He alleged that Kaita was being sponsored by Governor Nasir el-Rufai in order to “pull him down’’.

He added that the plan was to team up with some senators and political stakeholders in the state to achieve it.

He said that it was, however, regrettable that the crisis in the party`s Kaduna State chapter had persisted in spite of concerted efforts by its leadership to ensure reconciliation.

According to him, though the party`s leadership intervened and pacified aggrieved members and brought relative peace to the zone, the peace did not last.

He said that this was especially so because the state governor had not been forthcoming in all efforts to ensure harmony and solidarity in the party`s structure in state.

“I have had meetings with him as leader of the party in the zone and made passionate appeals to him to drive the process that will harmonise, reconcile and solidify the party in the state.

“One of such appeals was in the presence of some governors from the zone, but his reaction was volatile but I kept my calm as a leader.’’

Abdulkadir added that even when el-Rufai threatened to beat him up, he kept his calm considering the volatility of the state in terms of political reactions.

He said that though a reconciliation committee had been constituted under the chairmanship of Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina, the committee did not enjoy the cooperation of  el-Rufai.

“The committee is yet to conclude its assignment but I understand that el-Rufai is yet to give it the necessary cooperation.



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