El-Rufai’s Anatomy of Restructuring
Nigeria News takes a look at the thought of Kaduna State Governor on President Muhammadu Buhari over restructuring agenda.
I listened with rapt attention as Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai shed light on the report of the All Progressives Congress Committee on restructuring.
He spoke on Channels Television on Sunday and it struck my mind when he said there was nobody better than Buhari to lead the party and Nigeria in 2019.
He stated that President Muhammadu Buhari remained unbeatable and that APC would not only retain its 24 states but would win more states in 2019 general election. El-Rufai was very sure. He spoke with absolute confidence.
However, the governor kept me thinking when he said that some recommendations in the report could make Buhari drop his ambition to move the country forward.
“That is what many people don’t know about Muhammadu Buhari,” the Kaduna State governor who is also the Chairman of the committee said.
He failed to highlight those recommendations, perhaps to protect the president from the myriads of critics and wailers who may capitalize on it to force Buhari out of power.
The list of oppositions of this government is growing by the day. The former Governor of Kano State Mohammed Rabiu Kwankwaso may be contesting against Buhari in 2019. He had never hidden his intention and that is why his activity in Kano State is being restricted by the present Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who is a stronger supporter of Buhari.
Kano’s over one million votes was APC’s strength in 2015. The party is working tirelessly to keep its stronghold which of course Kwankwaso is trying to break due to his own ambition.
Buhari was in Kano last year and was welcomed by a mammoth crowd. This has created a kind of solace for APC that the masses in Kano still love Buhari.
However, within the same APC there are the Senate President Bukola Saraki’s group, the Sokoto State Governor’s group who are also eyeing the Aso Villa comes 2019.
To El-Rufai, all is fine within APC but the party will be battling with the major opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to retain power in 2019.
The Senate has since protested against the 2019 election timetable. The Presidential and National Assembly elections are expected to hold on February 16, 2019, while the governorship and state legislative elections will hold on March 2, 2019.
The Senate wants the state assembly and governorship polls to come before the presidential and national assembly election not because it is right but because of its personal agenda, which of course is not in tandem with that of the APC’s inner caucus.
While will Buhari not endorse the report in this situation that his list of opposition is growing. But I do not believe that he will give up power based on any of the 10 recommendations proposed by the committee.
If Buhari remains the best candidate around now, according to El-Rufai, who is a better candidate to run whatever restructuring agenda being put together by the committee and APC at large? For El-Rufai, only Buhari can run a new Federal structure.