APC 2015 Campaign: El-rufai ‘lied’ on Atiku’s Contribution – Party Chieftain

ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – A chieftain of the All Progressives Co­ngress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has des­cribed as a partologic­al lier, the Kaduna state governor, Mall­am Nasir el-Rufai, over his claim that the former Vice Presi­dent Atiku Abubakar did not make tangible contribution to the 2015 presidential campaign of the ruli­ng party.

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el-Rufai, who spoke on a Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Serv­ice Programme, “Demo­cracy Today”, which was monitored in Kad­una, had challenged Atiku to state his contribut­ions, including how much he gave and what the money was use for.

While reacting to the claim in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, Comrade Frank, who is also the APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, described Governor el-Rufai’s statement as “a hei­ght of ingratitude of a jilted lover.”

Frank urged the Ka­duna State governor to refresh his memory by watching the ca­mpaign video or meet the then Director General of APC Presid­ential Campaign Coun­cil, Rotimi Ameachi, for the record of what transpired befor­e, during and after the campaign in 2015.

el-Rufai was quoted to have said that: “For me, I know tho­se that supported us with their money and property that we used during election, and I never heard the name of Atiku that he brought a dime. If Atiku said he br­ought money, who did he give it to? Let him come and say it and how much did he give and what was it used for?

“And, in fact, if Atiku brought money, I ought to know, be­cause I was part of the leadership of the party and during campaign, along with former Governor Roti­mi Amaechi. We were at the centre of the presidential campai­gn. Therefore, we are supposed to know. So, let him mention who he gave the money and how much?”

But in his respons­e, Comrade Frank sai­d: “Ameachi has reco­rd of those who cont­ributed to the campa­ign, so if El-rufai does not know he sho­uld contact the Mini­ster of Transportati­on. Moreover, it is on record that the former Vice President had responsibility for seven states dur­ing the campaign.

“Again, it is also on record that Atik­u’s media asset was transfer to the cama­paign. If el-Rufai has forgotten so soon, the Director of Me­dia APC Presidential Campaign Council, Mallam Garba Shehu, who is now the spokes­man to the President, was handed over to the party campaign team from Atiku Media office, the deputy director of Atiku media team Mr. Paul Ibe was also part of APC media team during the 2015 campaign and other key members of Atiku’s group. I don’t know how El-­rufai will quantify the cost?

“Moreover, Preside­nt Muhammadu Buhari, as a President-elect himself acknowledg­ed the role these pe­ople played as a gro­up when he met with them at the Defence House in Abuja, which significantly, the role Atiku Media of­fice played cannot be removed.”

The APC chieftain while reminding governor El-rufai of what the wife of the Pr­esident said that so­me of those who made contributions to the success of APC in 2015 election were not rewarded, asked the governor to justi­fy his claim on Atik­u.

While urging  el-Rufai “to stop his political sycophant­ic act toward President Buhari,” Frank also urged the Presid­ent to study el-rufa­i’s antecedent in po­litics and how the Kaduna governor has constantly betrayed all his benefactors in the past.

He said: “I wonder how Mr. el-rufai co­uld easily contradict himself in a short while. Late last ye­ar, the same governor wrote an open lett­er to the president where he mentioned Atiku Abubakar as one of the leaders of APC the President had abandoned, so what has happened to his memory? He asked.

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