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El-Rufai jets out of Nigeria after failed ministerial bid


Caption: •Nasir El-Rufai

Nasir el-Rufai, former governor of Kaduna State, who failed in his bid to be a minister in the Bola Tinubu administration, has travelled of the country.

A credible source said El-Rufai was off to Europe, but would be in Egypt first.

The Nigerian Senate had last week rejected the former governor’s nomination, saying he did not scale through security report. The had approved 45 out of a list of 48 ministerial nominees submitted by President Bola Tinubu.

El-Rufai, and two other nominees; Stella Okotete (Delta) and Danladi Abubakar (Taraba) were not confirmed as the senate said they were awaiting security clearance about them.

It had been reported how Sunday Karimi, senator representing Kogi west, presented a petition against el-Rufai during his screening last week.

The former governor met with Tinubu at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, on Tuesday, but the outcome of the meeting was not made public.

But Premium Times quoted presidency sources as saying El-Rufai told President Tinubu that he was no longer interested in becoming a minister, but would continue to contribute his quota to the development of Nigeria as a private citizen.

“He also told the president that he needed time to focus on his doctorate programme at a university in The Netherlands,” PT quoted another source to have said.

Another source was quoted as saying the former governor suggested a new ministerial nominee, Jafaru Ibrahim Sani, for Kaduna.

El-Rufai also reportedly told the President that since he would no longer be in the Federal Executive Council, he would return the next day with his team to present the preliminary work done so far on the energy sector.

The online platform said the team that accompanied the former governor to make presentations to the president on Wednesday includes Eyo Ekpo, a former commissioner at the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC); Hafiz Bayero, a former commissioner and administrator of the Kaduna Capital Territory Authority; Tolu Oyekan of the Boston Consulting Group and Ayodele Oni, a lawyer.

When contacted, Muyiwa Adekeye, spokesman of El-Rufai, did not respond to comment. (Daily Trust)

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