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Eyes on the prize: El-Rufai and Buhari

Nasty Nasir El-Rufai and the “cabal” tighten their grip on the 2023 presidency

15 November 2019

Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, has been chosen by the “cabal”, that reportedly controls President Muhammadu Buhari, to succeed the president in 2023.

The “cabal” is allegedly headed by Buhari’s nephew Mamman Daura, with the president’s chief of staff, Abba Kyari, in charge of day to day activities, which includes running the country as the absentee president chills out in London.

Abba Kyari and Buhari operating out of London aka Nigeria’s new capital

A source close to the El-Rufai camp revealed to Naijiant.com that “2023 moves” were in place to pave the way for the combative and diminutive governor to move from Kaduna to State House, Abuja. Those moves include removing all obstacles in the way, especially within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Obstacles Numbers One and Two are Bola Tinubu, the former Lagos State governor, and current party chairman and former Edo State governor Adams Oshiomhole. Oshiomhole was described by the source as “Tinubu’s boy”, and the Tinubu has his bug-eyes on succeeding Buhari.

The two obstacles: Oshiomhole and Tinubu

Our source said the “cabal” has been “sponsoring” the feud between Oshiomhole and his successor as Edo governor, Godwin Obaseki. Obaseki was handpicked by Oshiomhole and was expected to be his “godfather’s” puppet, but things are not going according to script as the state’s chapter of the APC has recently expelled the national party chairman in an unprecedented move. The source said Oshiomhole will be “gone” as chairman “either by the end of this year or early next year”.

The source also said that Tinubu will be “eliminated either by a jail term or killed”. If Tinubu and Oshiomhole are out of the way, the path to the APC presidential nomination should be clear for El-Rufai.

El-Rufai is a Fulani like Buhari. Buhari comes from Katsina State, next to El-Rufai’s Kaduna in northern Nigeria. There was an expectation in some quarters that the presidency will be “zoned” to southern Nigeria after Buhari completed his second term in 2023. But our source said there was no intention of Fulanis such as El-Rufai and Mamman Daura to relinquish power.

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