Tension Erupts as El-Rufai Reportedly Withdraws Interest in Tinubu’s Administration

Tension Erupts as El-Rufai Reportedly Withdraws Interest in Tinubu’s Administration

  • Former governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has been reported to have withdrawn his interest in the administration of President Bola Tinubu
  • Multiple sources within the presidency disclosed that El-Rufai told President Tinubu that he needed time to focus on his PhD at a Netherlands university
  • A source said the former governor nominated Jafaru Ibrahim Sani to replace him as a minister from Kaduna State

FCT, AbujaNasir El-Rufai, the immediate past governor of Kaduna State, has reportedly withdrawn his interest in working as a minister in the administration of President Bola Tinubu.

In an exclusive report, Premium Times said sources within the presidency revealed that the vocal politician told President Tinubu that he was no longer interested in the ministerial position but promised to contribute to his administration and development of Nigeria as a private citizen.

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Ex-Kaduna governor reportedly withdraws interest in Tinubu’s government
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El-Rufai nominates his replacement for President Tinubu

According to one of the sources:

“He also told the president that he needed time to focus on his doctorate programme at a university in The Netherlands.”

Another source also revealed that El-Rufai suggested Jafaru Ibrahim Sani as his replacement from Kaduna State, adding that President Tinubu would find him “very useful and resourceful.”

Sani served as a commissioner in El-Rufai’s administration as a Kaduna governor. He served in three ministries; local government, environment and education.

Why Senate withholds confirmation of El-Rufai as Tinubu’s minister

Recall that El-Rufai visited President Tinubu at the presidential villa soon after the Senate confirmed 45 of the 48 ministerial nominees forwarded to the Red Chamber from the presidency.

However, the Upper Chamber of Nigeria’s legislature withheld the confirmation of El-Rufai and two other ministerial nominees over alleged security reports from the State Security Service (SSS).

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The two others are Sani Danladi and Stella Okotete, a former senator from Taraba and ministerial nominee from Delta State.

Presidency: Tinubu meets Wike, El-Rufai in Aso Rock

Legit.ng earlier reported that President Bola Tinubu has been reported to have met with the two former governors, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna and Nyesom Wike of Rivers.

El-Rufai and Wike are among the 48 ministerial nominees that President Tinubu forwarded their names to the Senate for screening and confirmation.

While Wike was confirmed, El-Rufai’s confirmation was suspended over an alleged security report, but sources within the Villa said the presidency is making efforts to ensure he was confirmed.

Source: Legit.ng


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