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Exclusive: Issues With El-Rufai, Not Personal – Hakeem Baba-Ahmed



A scribe of the All Progressives Congress, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, in an exclusive interview with THEBRIEF, has said the issues between Kaduna State governor Nasir el-Rufai and himself, are not personal.

Reports emerged from Kaduna early last week, in which el-Rufai was accused of being behind the problems Hakeem and Senator Shehu Sani were facing within the party in the state.

The coalition of Kaduna APC women, in a letter addressed to the National Chairman of the party, John Oyegun, accused el-Rufai of conniving with one time Presidential Aide to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Uba Sani, to bribe other party members in the state, to wage war against Shehu Sani, Hakeem Baba Ahmed and others.

The group said “Mr Chairman, this colossal allegation of inducement, the amount ordinarily could have been utilised for developmental purposes in the state.

“Let us also inform you that the Governor’s aides are capitalising on the lingering crisis as conduit pipes, to siphon government resources.

Although Mr. Baba-Ahmed did not explain the exact nature of the non-personal issues between him and his close friend, he insisted that they are engaged in an issues-based tussle.

He said “I have not heard what those women said, and there is nothing wrong in my personal relationship with Governor Nasir el-Rufai, there is nothing personal in what we are doing. 

“There are few areas where some people and I made an issue and the case for improvement, and they are not personal” he said.

In December 2015, the APC in the state broke into 2 factions. The break-away group called itself the ‘True APC’. It listed its members as retired Permanent Secretary, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, Hafsat Baba, former ANPP Chairman, Kabir Umar, former Education Commissioner, Tom Mataimaki Maiyashi, Lawal Maiturare, Nasiru Ahmed; Special Adviser on Strategy to Senator Shehu Sani and Murtala Abubakar, the Publicity Secretary.

The group in a press conference in Kaduna, said the State Government was consistently running the “anti-people policies of Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, which have continued to produce misery and pauperization.”

“Members of ‘True APC’ are responsible people who successfully worked hard to remove the PDP and put our party in power, it is with tremendous reluctance that we make public, issues and grievances that should have the responsibility to address them.”

However, when asked if relations between the duo remain cordial, Baba-Ahmed said “of course, everything we do is issues based”.

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