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Gov. El-Rufai’s staff are jittery but he says he doesn’t fear losing reelection

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Gov. El-Rufai’s staff are jittery but he says he doesn’t fear losing reelection

Kaduna governor, Nasir El-Rufai, said on Saturday that whether he wins or loses his reelection, he’ll be fine because there is a job waiting for him in Abuja as a result of President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory. El-Rufai, who is hoping to win a second term as governor under the All Progressives Congress (APC) faces a stiff challenge from Isa Ashiru, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP), alongside 36 other candidates.

Speaking to journalists on Saturday at polling unit 024, Ungwar Sarki ward, where he joined the queue of voters to exercise his civic right, El-Rufai said: “I have no fears if I win or not because the president has already won his re-election‎. The worse thing that could happen is for me to lose the election. But since the president has already won his reelection bid, it means I already have a job in Abuja. Only my staff are jittery if I win or not.”

Bottom Line: Great to hear that the governor is not publicly exhibiting a do-or-die attitude to the election. But in the middle of what the governor was only saying half-jokingly, he let slip that his staff are “jittery”. That is not something politicians usually say.

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