Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State says Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), must have been dreaming when he said he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari in Kaduna.
In his petition, Atiku had claimed that Kaduna was among the states where the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in connivance with the All Progressives Congress (APC) robbed him of his victory.
But speaking with state house correspondents after meeting with Buhari on Friday, the governor said Atiku had never won in the north-west state since he started contesting presidential election.
“Well, I heard about that. Initially, I thought it was a joke and when I checked I saw clearly that he said he won Kaduna. It must be in his dreams,” el-Rufai said.
“Let me say this without any fear of contradiction, since President Buhari started contesting for the presidency since 2003, he has never lost Kaduna. So, PDP has never won elections in Kaduna from 2003, even with a sitting governor in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015. It has never happened.
“I don’t know what will happen that Atiku will win Kaduna in this elections this time. He lost Kaduna, he lost very badly, even though about 100,000 votes he claimed to have got were added because elections conducted without card reader in some parts of the state, that’s how he even got up to the 400,000 that he got.
“He has lost Kaduna, he will always lose Kaduna, he will lose Kaduna 10 more times because he has never won Kaduna in any presidential elections.”
El-Rufai dismissed suggestions the results were from INEC server, saying “anyone can make claims”, before warning that he was never involved in an accident as was claimed in certain quarters.
“I came to see Mr. President after my re-election as governor because immediately after the election I took a break. I came back to report to him that I was not involved in an accident, I’m alive, I am not in coma and also to discuss other issues related to my state,” he said.
The governor warned of the negative use of social media, adding that they are thinking of bringing criminal proceedings against purveyors of fake news.