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I’ll inform Nigerians on second term when ready — EL RUFAI

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By Ben Agande

KADUNATHE governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El Rufai has dissociated himself from statement credited to his Chief of Staff that he (El Rufai) will not seek a second term in office but hand over to somebody below the age of 50 years.

In a statement personally signed by El Rufai, the governor stated that when the time comes for him to declare for second term or decline to contest, he would make the decision known to the public himself and not through surrogates.

“In 2014, when I complied with the directive of our leader President Muhammadu Buhari to run for the office of Governor of Kaduna State, I made the announcement in person. I did not employ surrogates to engage the public on this important decision. What I did not do as an aspirant for office, I will not do as incumbent Governor. I will not communicate my decision to run for a second term in 2019 through surrogates, but directly to the people of Kaduna State” he said.

According to Mallam El Rufai, the statements credited to his chief of staff were his personal opinion that did not represent El Rufai’s views.

The statement reads: “My attention has been drawn to the statements credited to our Chief of Staff which clearly misrepresented his good intentions aimed at encouraging youths in politics and governance of our dear state. What was reported was that I had no plans to run for another term of office, and will be succeeded by someone below the age of 50. Both statements are misrepresentations of my position and the government. It  has become imperative that these wrong impressions thereby created be corrected.


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