‘I don’t have up to N20 MIllion to purchase Nomination form’ – El-Rufai
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has said he does not have up to N20m in his bank account to purchase the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship nomination form which costs N22.5m. The governor made the statement on Monday, September 10, when some groups in Kaduna purchased the expression of interest and nomination form of the APC for the governor. READ ALSO: Saraki returns nomination, expression of interest form (video)
The Cable reports that among the groups are the Association of Cattle Sellers, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), NATO, and Sheikh Gumi Market Association. The Kaduna state governor thanked the groups for their gesture, describing it as a pleasant surprise. “When the party fixed the money for the form, I could remember that during the meeting, the President was the first person to rise his hands and said he does not have N50m,” El-Rufai said. ”Infact, we the governors started discussing on how we will raise the money for Mr President. “We said each governor will contribute N2 million each and we travelled to China and it was in China I told the president that some groups have purchased the form for you. So who will buy my own for me? “I don’t have N20 million also to buy my form. The money I have in the bank is not close to that amount. I have only one account in GT. Except I sell my house will I be able to raise that amount.”
Earlier, the spokesperson for the groups, said they were moved to purchase the form for the governor as a way of supporting him for his good work.
Meanwhile, a former governor of Plateau state and presidential aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jonah Jang, has said his party cannot ask him to step down for some other presidential aspirants. Jang made the statement after an announcement by the PDP Board of Trustees (BOT) of the party’s decision to reduce the number of its presidential aspirants. The senator representing Plateau North Senatorial District, announced his decision not to budge while speaking with journalists on Monday, September 10, at his residence in Maitama, Abuja before leaving for the PDP National Secretariat to submit his presidential nomination forms.