Why We Hurriedly Removed Buni – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has narrated events that led to the removal of  the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.

VANTAGE NEWS had reported that Buni was hurriedly removed late on Sunday and replaced with the Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello.

El-Rufai stated that it was discovered that Buni and some fifth columnists planned to postpone the national convention of the party through a court injunction.

He added that at least 19 out of the 22 APC governors have thrown their weights behind behind Bello as the new caretaker chairman of the party.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme, the Kaduna Governor said they informed President Muhammadu Buhari of Buni’s plan on Sunday who then ordered his immediate removal.

El-Rufai said, “We got to know of a court order last year. It was obtained in November. A member of the party went to court to say there must not be a convention until his case against the party is disposed of which can take months or years and the lawyers of Buni went to court and agreed with the person and nobody knew about this order.

“It was a hidden nuclear weapon to destroy the convention which further made us believe that there are fifth columnists in the party that want to bring this party down because if we don’t have (convention) and we go ahead with the primaries we might likely have our candidates lose all their seats as the case in Zamfara.

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“We reported to the President that no action had been taken on the order. He said the Niger state governor must take over on Monday and we should use whatever legal means necessary to make sure that the convention is delivered.”


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