A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and former Commissioner of Education in Kaduna State, Tom Maiyashi has described as “laughable and ridiculous” President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent endorsement of Governor Nasir El-Rufai for a second term.
Maiyashi, who made this statement in an interview with the SUN newspaper, said it is the decision of the people in the state to either back El Rufai or not in his second term election bid, and not Buhari’s endorsement.
He added that if the President raise a ladder to lift El-Rufai up, the decision is still with the people and nobody will quarrel with that.
He said: “That endorsement was laughable and ridiculous. This is somebody who said it is only a dull student that repeats a class. Is he now saying he has lost all his wisdom and now dull to repeat a class?
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“I am the headmaster of that class and I’m really going to whip him into line. I thought we have taught him enough to be brilliant but since he has decided to repeat a class, we wish him best of luck.
“Ridiculous! That shows his level of desperation. This is somebody that says there is nothing attractive in repeating a class. So why is he announcing to the world that Mr. President has endorsed him to contest again?
“That means he was doubting himself that he cannot contest unless Mr. President ask him to do so. He’s just looking for an alibi and that shows how unfit, low, unqualified he is to be the state governor.
“What if Mr. President shows up in Kaduna and lift up the governor’s hand the way he did in 2015 and tell the people, this is my anointed candidate…
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“No, no, no…President Buhari can even raise a ladder and lift him up, but that is not the decision. The decision is with the people. Honestly I don’t see how somebody will quarrel with that. He’s lifted like a satellite and show to the world and to all people of Kaduna State, ‘here is thy king here is thy governor.
“But certainly that cannot be the decision. The decision still rest with those that will vote and that is what is going to determine who is going to be our next governor. Even when Buhari lifted up his hand in 2015, we still had to vote. The process will repeat itself in 2019 by the grace of God.”