Kaduna’s debts: El-Rufai’s son Bello disagrees with brother


... As APC chieftain describes Bashir's attack on governor disrespectful, 

 

An All Progressives Congress, APC,  chieftain in Kaduna State, Ibrahim Ahmadu, has faulted what he described as “disrespectful and mannerless” outburst of Bashir El-Rufai, son of former Kaduna State Governor Nasiru El-Rufai, against his father's successor, Senator Uba Sani.
Speaking at a town hall meeting on Saturday, Governor Sani had said that   his administration inherited $587 million, N85 billion, and 115 contractual liabilities from the El-Rufai administration.
He, however, said the situation had not stopped his administration from meeting its contractual obligations.
However,  Bashir El-Rufai, who frowned at the revelation, lambasted Governor Sanii through a tweet on X, noting that Sani was only trying to cover his administration’s incompetence.
Bashir tweeted, “These guys have realised that they are wholly incompetent and the only way to mask the nonsense is to deflect.
“From a Governor who is always sleeping in Abuja to a litany of incompetent aides who were only rewarded for foolish political reasons.”
But Ahmadu said the governor did nothing wrong in revealing the debt left behind by his predecessor.
Also, Bashir’s brother, Bello, distance himself from the attack, saying that he is loyal to Sani.
Taking exception to Bashir’s outburst, Ahmadu said: “What is wrong is the inability of the former governor’s son to comprehend the rational behind the disclosure to the public.
“His vituperations are unguarded and unacceptable, especially when the man involved has helped the family during hard times of political waves .
“Was is it wrong for Governor Uba Sani to address  Kaduna citizens at a town hall meeting where he said he inherited a huge debt burden that was eating deep into the state’s allocation?”
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He added: For us as citizens of the state, we cannot accept a situation where N7bn out of the N10bn allocation for the state in March was deducted to service the state’s debt.”

Bello el-Rufai: I’m loyal to governor

However,  Bashir’s brother, Bello, in a tweet, distanced himself from his outburst and reiterated his loyalty to the governor.
Bello, the member representing Kaduna North Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, said, “It’s a known thing in politics that some people won’t rest unless there are fights between one another. I am in the middle, and I could even be meeting with the governor tonight in thirty minutes.
“Two weeks ago, I had to call my brother and tell him to drop a tweet. I did that today, but he refused. He is over 30 years old. People should stop confusing our handles.
“I am loyal to Governor Uba Sani, and I will not criticize him publicly. No one will make me do that. He mentored me, gave me my first government job, and believed in my election. This too shall pass. The rural development being done in Kaduna State is impressive.
“Nigeria, as a whole, not just Kaduna, is facing financial constraints. As leaders, we are all elected to do what we can with what we have and improve it. I honestly do not see what the fuss is about.
 “The governor is the leader of the state, and for the sake of transparency, even though Mallam as the outgoing governor put it in his outgoing speech how much money he is leaving in the state, it is within the governor’s—let me take that back—it is the duty, of course, for the sake of transparency, to let the citizens of the state know the financial condition.
“And now, let me clarify, social media attacks will never shake my boss, Governor Uba Sani. So, a few attacks from people for obvious reasons coming at him is not the reason he did what he did.”