Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, has described the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, under President Goodluck Jonathan’s watch as a “criminal” party and different from when he was a member.
El-Rufai, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, said unlike when he was a member the present PDP “have no regard for rules.”
“They say that they are Peoples Democratic Party but they have no regard for the people and democracy,” el-Rufai said.
As a minister in a PDP government, el-Ruafi said there were “rules and processes,” citing his policy actions, including the demolition of a house belonging to then Chairman (of PDP), Ahmadu Alli.
He lamented that “Today, no minister of the FCT can touch the house of a member of the PDP National Executive Committee.”
El-Rufai said he became a minister based on merit and not because he was a member of the party in government at the time. He named other technocrats in former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s government as Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nnenadi Usman and Oby Ezekwesili. He revealed that he could not be nominated as an indigene of Kaduna State into the federal cabinet because he was not in the good books of the then governor. But Obasanjo insisted on having him in the cabinet, according to him.
El-Rufai spoke to members of the Kaduna State Correspondence Chapel when he paid them a courtesy visit.