The governor of Kaduna state, Nasir el-Rufai, on Thursday, said that President Muhammadu Buhari forced him to contest the 2015 gubernatorial election.
El-Rufai was said to have made the statement at the closing ceremony of the two-day Kaduna Investment Forum that held at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua Indoor Sports Hall, Murtala Square, Kaduna.
El-Rufai said that if not for the encouragement he received from Buhari, he would not have won the election.
He said, “It was President Muhammadu Buhari that forced me to contest for the governorship race of Kaduna state in revenge for persuading him to run the presidential race.
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“If he had not asked me to run for the governorship, I wouldn’t have stood before you today as the governor of Kaduna state.
“It is the Buhari phenomenon that had swept away the PDP. Buhari is a man of integrity, a Nigerian leader whose name has not been found in the Panama documents.
“I wonder why people still refer to me as a nice governor even when I demolished their houses. I am not a nice governor.
“I thank the people of Kaduna State for voting for us. We did not pay kobo to get those votes, if it were in those days without the card reader, we would have lost the election.
“I promise you, we will keep working until we make this state a better place for you,” he added.