Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has been accused of “thinking of removing President Muhammadu Buhari.”
In an explosive interview in the March edition of The Interview magazine, Mr. Sani said, “It would be counter-productive for the Governor to start thinking of evicting Buhari in 2019 to be the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“El-Rufai should do his job and stop putting his eyes on the Presidency.”
The senator represents Kaduna Central and is in the same ruling All Progressives Congress with the Governor. They have been at odds for undisclosed political reasons, leading to Sani’s suspension by the state branch of the party.
Mr. Sani accused Mr. El-Rufai of ruling like “an emperor,” promising to “give him war or peace,” whichever he chooses.
Also in this edition of The Interview, former military governor of Kaduna State, Dangiwa Umar, a retired colonel, gave his first major interview in 23 years in which he laid in on Governor Adams Oshiomohle; and Peoples Democratic Party chieftains, Edwin Clark and Tony Anenih, calling them “traitors.”
Responding to a question on the fortunes of former President Goodluck Jonathan after he was defeated in March, Mr. Umar said, “I compare them (Oshiomohle and co) to insects that cling to flowers. They are attracted by the nectar rather than by the beauty of the flower.
“Governor Adams Oshiomohle, who generously praised Jonathan as a true democrat, suddenly turned into his most virulent critic.”
Mr. Umar revealed that during Mr. Jonathan’s testy days as acting President, he advised him to sack his service chiefs, but that the former president was too confused and agitated to act.
“He complained,” Mr. Umar said, “that the NSA had informed him that the service chiefs were disgruntled with the way the sick and bedridden Umaru Yar’Adua was being treated and that he, the acting President, was most disloyal.”
In the edition, which the Managing Director/ Editor-In-Chief of The Interview, Azu Ishiekwene, described as “deep and loaded,” Mr. Umar also revisited his role in the June 12 crisis, the agitation for Biafra and his relationship with Jonathan.