Wife of Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Hajiya Aisha (UMMI) Garba El-Rufai on Wednesday justified the choice of her husband’s Muslim running mate, saying that, contrary to insinuations, the Governor’s choice was based on competence and ability of Dr. Hadiza Balarabe to deliver.
Mrs. El-Rufai stated categorically that, insinuation that the governor picked a female Muslim running mate to spite people of other faith is incorrect, but purely because the running mate has proven to be a woman with capacity to contribute meaningfully to growth and development of the state.
The Governor’s wife who expressed confidence that, her husband can go and sleep, he will win the governorship election, said people of Kaduna state now understand that Governor El-Rufai’s programmes and policies are people-centered.
The wife of the governor who is the Coordinator of the ‘APC GIDA-GIDA’ (APC HOUSE-HOUSE) campaign in Kaduna State stated this during a parley with journalists in Kaduna. She further said, the need to again clarify the matter on the choice of her husband’s running mate was important particularly for those who think the governor picked a woman and a Muslim as his running mate to spite Christians.
According to her, “I appeal to the good people of Nigeria and Kaduna State in particular to take a closer look at the choice of the running mate of Malam Nasir El-Rufai with open heart.
“The governor that I know works with people based on competence and on the basis of what they can deliver and bring to the table and not on the basis of religion or ethnicity.
“The governor should not be accused of bias because he is not moved by religious affiliation. In any case, our diversity should strengthen us rather than divide us”.
While urging all and sundry to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor El-Rufai and all other All Progresive Congress (APC) candidates across the board, she called on the good people of Kaduna State to remain calm and shun all forms and acts of violence, election malpractices, votes buying and hooliganism.
“One of the core objectives of our great party APC and the ‘Gida-Gida’project is to foster peace and unity in Kaduna State and the nation at large.
“Our main goal and objective is to engage the electorate on issue-based campaign as peace ambassadors, we believe Kaduna State is a great state that has the potential to promote peace and unity among its diverse populace. I, therefore, urge us all to come out en-mass to vote all APC candidates in order to ensure victory at all polls slated for 23rd February and 9th March 2019.” She emphasised.
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