February 7, 2019

Press Statement

…Says Gov. Should Channel His Venom towards Buhari and Self.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told Kaduna State governor Nasir 
el-Rufai to channel his frustration to President Muhammadu Buhari, who 
he aptly described as an incompetent, old fashioned, corrupt, 
insensitive, parochial and tyrannical leader, who should not be voted 
into office, instead of seeking to incite violence in the country.

This is just as the PDP notes that el-Rufai’s threats that members of 
global democratic institutions working towards peaceful 2019 general 
elections in our country will return in body bags, has raised new 
questions regarding those behind the killing of expatriates and aid 
workers in various troubled parts of the country.

It is quite revealing that el-Rufai, who exposed Gen. Buhari in 2010 as 
‘unelectable’ is now prancing about in defence of Buhari’s incompetent 
and anti-democratic administration, to the extent of issuing death 
threats to others, just to secure his place under a dictatorial 

Governor el-Rufai had in 2010 described Gen. Buhari as ill- equipped for 
modern day governance. He berated Gen. Buhari of lacking capacity to 
comprehend current trends, to the extent that he would think that a 
“blackberry was a fruit”.

In his reply to Gen. Buhari’s response to his earlier criticisms, 
el-Rufai stated: “Mallam El-Rufai wishes to remind General Buhari that 
he has remained perpetually unelectable because his record as military 
head of state, and afterwards, is a warning that many Nigerians have 
wisely heeded. His insensitivity to Nigeria’s diversity and his 
parochial focus are already well-known.

“In 1984, Buhari allowed 53 suitcases belonging to his ADC’s father to 
enter Nigeria unchecked at a time the country was exchanging old 
currency for new…..

“Buhari was so high- handed that he gave himself and his officials 
immunity even from truthful reporting. That obnoxious Decree 4, against 
which truth was no defence, was used to jail journalists and attempt to 
cow the media as a whole. That tyrannical legislation shows the essence 
of his intolerance. These are facts of recent history. The story of 
counter-trade and import licensing, the cornerstone of Buhari’s 
stone-age economic strategy and those whose interests it served, is a 
tale for another day”.

Today, President Buhari’s inept and colossally corrupt administration 
has wrecked our once robust economy, divided our nation, instituted 
executive high-handedness, violation of human rights, incessant breach 
of our constitution, disobedience of court order, assaults on our 
democratic institutions, clamp down of the media and dissenting voices, 
a scenario that has brought so much pain and anguish for Nigerians.

Governor el-Rufai’s venom should therefore be directed towards President 
Buhari, who has brought so much pain to Nigerians and of course himself, 
for his own insensitivity to Nigerians and his support for 
anti-democratic tendencies of the Buhari administration.

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary
Director, Media & Publicity
PDP Presidential Campaign Organization