The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has revealed the names of politicians the cabals in the Presidential Villa wanted to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari at the end of his tenure.
According to El-Rufai, the elements in the Aso Villa wanted the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, if the ticket of the party was shifted to the South, or the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan if the ticket was moved to the North.
El-Rufai, in an interview with Premium Times, noted that their plans failed as both of their preferred persons lost to Bola Tinubu in the presidential primary of the APC.
Speaking on the relationship between President Buhari and the APC presidential candidate, Tinubu, El-Rufai insisted that there is no mixed signal in the attitude of the President towards the former governor of Lagos State.
He noted that President Buhari will never work against the candidate of the APC even if the candidate is the devil himself.
El-Rufai said, “President Buhari considers the APC like a child he conceived and held in pregnancy for 18 months and gave birth to. He will never, I am ready to stake my neck and my life, President Buhari will never work against the APC. He will never work against the candidate of the APC even if the candidate is the devil himself.
“What is happening is that there are people around the president that had their presidential candidates. They had two candidates that they preferred to succeed Buhari – Godwin Emefiele from the South and Ahmad Lawan from the north – and they got neither.”