The dirty fighting ahead of the 2019 general election may have just been triggered off with the criticism of the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, which followed the resignation of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from the ruling All Progressives Congress on Friday.
Abubakar’s loyalists in swift reaction to the condemnation of the Waziri Adamawa, are bombarding El-Rufai on all fronts.
A statement signed by the North West Director of Media and Publicity of the Atiku Care Foundation, Jacob Onjewu Dickson, made available to newsmen in Kaduna, said the foundation’s Chairman, Ambassador Aliyu Ibn Abbas, described el-Rufai as a loser who should stop dreaming of riding on the wings of President Muhammadu Buhari to win a second term.
The statement said Ambassador Abbas wondered why el-Rufai who lacks the support of the three serving senators in his state thinks he is politically relevant to comment on Abubakar’s resignation from a party that has impoverished Nigerians.
He said: “Nasir el-Rufai should bow his head in shame and realize that this is not 2015 when he sailed alongside the deception called APC to emerge Governor of Kaduna State.
“Nigerians have seen the true colour of the party and Wazirin Adamawa who is in touch with the masses feels their pains and is unhappy that the change they supported has put them in chains.
“Chains of poverty, chains of oppression and a selective corruption fight when the biggest fraud is being perpetrated under the ruling party.
“El-Rufai should first go and settle his issues with the three serving senators in his state, teachers in his state, journalists in his state and many others his despotic government has put in chains before commenting on issues that would further compound his woes.”
Abbas said Nigerians have endured enough hardship in these two years of APC propaganda and lies and would be liberated in 2019 from the shackles.
He said: “In the build-up to 2015, the Peoples Democratic Party warned Nigerians, but we were all blinded by lies of the then opposition.
“Two years after, just as predicted by the then ruling party, we have retrogressed instead of making progress.”
It would be recalled that El-Rufai had on Friday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja after the Juma’at prayers with President Buhari slammed Abubakar for dumping the ruling party.
Abubakar had issued an open resignation letter on Friday morning, which had caused serious panic in the ruling APC.
It is being speculated that within days, no fewer than five APC governors alongside senators, members of the House of Representatives and state assembly legislators loyal to the former vice president would also dump the APC ahead of the National Convention of the PDP on December 9.