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I don’t know if Tinunu is the political godfather of Lagos – El-Rufai

Monday 13 May 2019

I don't know if Tinunu is the political godfather of Lagos - El-Rufai
Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, has said that doesn’t know if Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress(APC) is the political godfather — And that he owes no one an apology over his statement about ending godfatherism in Lagos state.

Last week during a programme in Lagos, the Kaduna governor said he would teach Lagosians how to retire the godfathers of Lagos politics — Just like what he said he did in his state when he retired the four political godfathers.

In an interview with reporters on Monday, the Kaduna state governor said he doesn’t regret saying what he said.

But speaking with reporters on the issue, the governor said he did not regret making the comment.

On whether he wanted to retire Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), from Lagos politics — el-Rufai said he has no idea that Tinubu is the godfather of Lagos politics.

“We are in the same party, we get along very well, as far as I know,” el-Rufai said.

“I don’t know if he is the godfather of Lagos, it is up to him to say that. What I know for sure is that we have retired godfathers in Kaduna and I have told those that asked me the question that there are six million registered voters in Lagos and only one million voted in the last election, so there are five million people you can bring into the electoral playground and you can defeat anybody if you work hard but it is hard work; it is four years, that is what I said.

“If anyone feels offended by that, that is his business.”

On whether Lagosians should tow the path of Kaduna regarding defeating the godfathers in his state, he said: “I have no recommendation to Lagos, I am the governor of Kaduna state, I know Kaduna politics pretty well and I play my role well in my party towards the overall success of the party.

“So I have no recommendations for anyone. I am just saying If I am asked a question and I give an answer, anyone that feels offended by the answer, that is his own business.

“I have no apologies, I don’t apologise for my views; my views are thought-out and I put them there. I don’t have to explain anything to anyone.

“This is a democracy and in a democratic space, there must be room for people to express their views. You can disagree, you can abuse me if you don’t like my views but that is it.”

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via: Information Nigeria

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