Kaduna Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, says the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, is ‘day-dreaming’ for claiming he won in Kaduna during the last presidential election.
“He will lose Kaduna 10 more times because he has never won Kaduna in any presidential elections,” the governor told journalists after meeting on Friday with President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock.
El-Rufai said he had heard that Atiku claimed he won in Kaduna State but took it as a joke. “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 fear of contradiction since President Buhari started contesting for presidency, 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.”
El-Rufai said, “I don’t know about INEC server, we don’t know how they had access to it, they will tell us during the tribunal proceedings what is this server and how they got access to it.”
He added: “You do not go to court in an election petition by quoting INEC server or any other server. Anyone can create a server, I can go and buy it, it is a piece of equipment and call it INEC server. But that does not mean that it amounts to anything, we are guided by the electoral act and the evidence act and other enabling legislation and he has to prove his case.”
Bottomline: El-Rufai is right to question Atiku’s claims about scoring more than Buhari based on data from supposed INEC servers. The data released by the Atiku and PDP team were mathematically impossible and full of contradictions.
El-Rufai’s wrong data: Buhari lost in Kaduna in his first try in 2003 when he competed against former President Obasanjo. While Obasanjo got 53.4 percent of the Kaduna votes, Buhari got 45.4 percent.