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14.5.17

El-rufai denies Chief of Staff’s comment that he won’t contest in 2019

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El-rufai denies Chief of Staff’s comment that he won’t contest in 2019
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has denied comment by his chief of staff, that he would not run for a second term.
This is contained in a statement he personally signed on Sunday.
The governor said he would not announce his next political move through anyone and vowed to fire appointees caught politicking instead of concentrating on their jobs.
El-Rufai also directed the signage agency in his state to pull down all billboards bearing campaign messages, in violation of election laws and guidelines.
Full statement titled ‘I will inform the public on second term when I am ready’ reads:
“My attention has been drawn to 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.
“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.
“Regarding the views ascribed to the Chief of Staff, they are perhaps his personal opinion. I do not wish to be associated with such sentiments. I am of the firm opinion that nobody, no matter the position they hold, can dictate to other citizens what they can or cannot aspire to.
“No individual can introduce into the electoral process conditions that are not embedded in the laws of our country and the norms of electoral competition.
“The Constitution of Nigeria, the Electoral Act and the APC constitution have no provisions imposing maximum age limits for those aspiring to elective office. I am a strict law-abiding citizen and loyal party member, and will not countenance anyone even hinting at circumscribing constitutional rights.
“While our administration believes strongly in encouraging youths, evidenced by the number of young people we have appointed into key government positions, we believe that it is the combination of the wisdom of the elderly and the energy of the youth that leads to societal progress”.

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