Samuel Aruwan, media aide to Nasir el-Rufa’i, governor of Kaduna state, boasts that  none of those interested in the number one position in the state can defeat his principal. He said this while speaking with reporters in Kaduna on Friday.

The governor’s aide said the other governorship candidates in Kaduna only want power but do not have vision for development.

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“None of the current aspirants for the position of governor of Kaduna state can beat Mallam (governor). They only want power but they don’t have clear cut vision for development, clear-cut policy to move the state forward and statesmanship among others,” he said.

Adding: “Mallam el-Rufa’i has empowered young men and women; he has ensured emergence of young leaders; he has shown discipline in public service, development of the education sector, development of the health sector, significant reduction in maternal and child mortality.

“Since they cannot beat him in policy formulation and development, they decided to go with divisive politics, blackmail, pettiness, manipulation of religion and demonizing him as a path to succeed him.”

Aruwan said the governor has the experience to lead the state effectively.

“He was adviser to general Abdulsalami Abubakar in 1998. He was the Director-General of the Bureau for Public Enterprise; he was FCT minister where he achieved so much and so many firsts; he went to study law and obtained Masters Degree in Public Policy Management from Harvard University as an Edward A. Mason Fellow. Also study his rich and astute contributions the political development of the country,” he enthused.