Timi Frank: Beware Of El-Rufai’s Antics, APC Chieftain Warns Buhari
A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank has warned President Muhammadu Buhari to beware of the antics of the likes of Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai whom he said has a record of betraying all his benefactors.
The APC Cheiftain gave the advice during a phone interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
“If I am the President, I should be careful of people like Malam (Nasir) El-Rufai that are saying that the President must run or that the President should run,” he said.
“This is because the President had every right to run for presidency in 2019 if he so wishes, so there was no need to urge him to do so except there is a sinister motive behind it.
“The President is not one person people can force to do what he is not ready to do. But if the President chooses to run today, of course, as a President of Nigeria and as the President of our party, he has what they call ‘first refusal’.
“But again, has he told anybody he wants to run? The answer is ‘no’. Until the President says he wants to run, nobody can force him to do the job he is not ready to do.”
Frank who is also the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC reminded the Presidency that “when Nigerians were busy praying for safe return of Mr. President from his medical leave to London some months back, it was alleged that the likes of El-rufai were busy scheming on how to become the Vice President.
“El-rufai is known for singing sycophantic praises whenever he is in government. He did it to former President Olusegun Obasenjo and later abandoned him. He did it to Atiku, who brought him to the limelight, and letter became his enemy. He has even repeated this same act against President Muhammad Buhari, who El-rufai said that he would never become President. The record is there for everybody to see. He will do it again once Buhari leaves government.
“May be, El-rufai was expecting Mama Taraba to become selfish, self-centered, arrogant and turn Judas like him, and turn her back against Atiku Abubakar who will always stand by her again and again politically,” he said.
It could be recalled that governor El-Rufai’s had told journalists after his visit to the President on Friday that he and other “Buharists” were keen on ensuring that the President runs for a second term in 2019.