Representatives of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), among others, have purchased the expression of interest form and nomination form for Nasir el-Rufa’i, Governor of Kaduna State, as part of efforts to support his re-election bid.
The four other groups which joined in buying the form are Petroleum Tankers Driver (PTD), National Association of Road Transport Workers (NARTO), Traders of Sheikh Mahmud Gummi Market and The Katsina and Daura People’s Association based in Kaduna.
While receiving the forms at government house, Kaduna on Monday, the governor said he does not have up to N20 million in his account; the forms cost N22.5 million. He said the money in his bank account was not close to that amount.
“I don’t have N20 million also to buy my form. The money I have in the bank is not close to that amount. I have only one account in GTB. Except I sell my house will I be able to raise that that amount,” he said.
The governor commended them for the initiative of the groups, describing it as a pleasant surprise, recalling that when the party fixed the fees for nomination forms, President Muhammadu Buhari was the first to say he did not have such amount.
“I could remember that during the meeting, the President was the first person to raise his hand and said he does not have N50m. In fact, we the governors started discussing on how we will raise the money for Mr. President.
“We said each governor will contribute N2m. And we travelled to China and it was in China I told the President that some group had purchased the form for you, so who will buy my own for me?” he said.
Earlier, Abbas Likoro, Spokesman of the groups, said they decided to purchase the form for the governor to demonstrate their support for his good work.
“We are here a loud voice to give our support, contributions and our zeal to follow your cause. We have mobilised all our members in Kaduna state to make sure you are re-elected in 2019.
“We have seen your contributions to the development of Kaduna state, we admire your visionary leadership. Your cause is our cause, your struggle is our struggle, your worry is our worry. Kaduna state needs you, the country needs your ideas. We also need your energy and your passion for the state. We are going to support you, he said.”