The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El Rufai, has received backlash for comments he made to the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi, on the internet over the weekend.
Backstory: The Kaduna State Governor took to his Twitter account to share an account of how Peter Obi stopped him from moving around Anambra State during the governorship election in that was held in the State in 2010.
El-Rufai, in response to another tweet about how Obi bundled and expelled northerners from Anambra State, referred to Peter Obi as a “tribal bigot.”
Peter Obi is a tribal bigot. He was widely quoted on national television that the SSS was right to detain me for 48 hours in an hotel in 2014 on the grounds that ”El-Rufai has no business being in Anambra State as it is not Katsina State”! I sued the SSS and awarded N4m damages. https://t.co/1BIG9WJpAJ
— Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai (@elrufai) November 9, 2018
Obi’s response: “What His Excellency, Gov. Nasir Ahmad El Rufai said about me has been brought to my attention. I believe that as we grow older and are saddled with more responsibilities, we are expected to become circumspect in our thinking and avoid recklessness in our speeches and utterances. I am aware that during the said election he referred to, security agents merely restricted his movement because he had no business being in Anambra as I would not have been in Kaduna on an election day.”
PDP’s response by party spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan: “Governor El-Rufai should not attempt to export the kind of inciting and inflammatory statements that have led to conflagration and bloodletting in his Kaduna State to our national political firmament. From El-Rufai’s comment, Nigerians now know those behind the series of smear campaigns and spurious allegations against our Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi.”