Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Timi Frank, has condemned the verbal attacks on the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar by Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, describing him as an ingrate and a perpetual betrayer.”
El-Rufai had while reacting to an interview granted by Atiku, raised some issues linking him to acts of corruption.
However, Frank who is a known political foot-soldier of Athe former vice president, wondered where el-Rufai got the guts to challenge Atiku who brought him to limelight through an appointment as the Director General of the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE).
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to be wary of the governor whom he said would most likely betray him, having done so to other two presidents, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan.
In a statement signed in Abuja yesterday, Frank said Atiku remains the most investigated politician in the history of the country’s politics and has not been found wanting in any of the allegations levelled against him.
Frank said: “El-Rufai latest outburst is not surprising because of his antecedence of betraying all his known benefactors both in politics and in private life.
“It is on record that the likes of former President Obasanjo will not be surprised. Former President Jonathan, who brought el-Rufai back from exile cannot forget in a hurry how this same man betrayed him. It is a matter of time, el-Rufai will also betray President Buhari once the president is no longer in power.
According to Frank, “the huge task of governance which the Kaduna governor has practically failed woefully to provide in Kaduna is supposed to be paramount to him instead of deploying his power against Atiku, who is far above him at all levels.
“Just two days ago, more than 45 innocent citizens of Kaduna lost their lives immediately el-Rufai launched a bill board in Southern Kaduna apologising for his maladministration.”
While calling on Nigerians to disregard whatever the governor might have said about the former vice president, Frank also called on the governors’ forum and the leadership of the APC to call the governor to order.
“Even if el-Rufai does not respect Atiku as a person, he should respect the institution and the position the former vice president held and holds in this country.”
Frank also cautioned the governor not to drag President Buhari into whatever controversy he has with the former vice president, saying “Atiku has supported the president and he will continue to support him to drive the change mantra of APC.”