File: President Muhammadu Buhari speaking with Governor El-Rufai

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna has dismissed the threat by the New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) caucus to leave the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said leaving the APC will not limit President Muhammadu Buhari’s chances of winning the 2019 election.

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Speaking on behalf of the group last week, Kawu Baraje had alleged that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was not carrying those who joined the APC from the PDP along.

But responding to this on Tuesday, El-Rufai, after meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said “I don’t agree and I want to go back to 2003. What are we talking about? Who are these new PDP people that are threatening? This is Kwara, Kano, Sokoto, Adamawa, Rivers but I don’t think Amaechi is part of them.

“So let’s take these four states, go back to 2003 and check. Buhari then under ANPP won in all these four states. Go back to 2007, Buhari won in these four states. Even when Shakarau was running as a presidential candidate in 2011, Buhari defeated him in Kano.

“And, I have no doubt in my mind that even if the people threatening to leave, leave, it will have absolutely no impact on the presidential elections, the president will win Sokoto, Kwara and Adamawa easily.

“Kano is already in the bag, I mean if you saw the crowd that welcomed the president without the former governor Kwanasho, Kano has always been the president’s base.

“To me that is not the issue, the issue is that they have written, they have expressed grievances, some of the grievances are legitimate and should be looked into. But to threaten to leave the party is neither here nor there.”