El-Rufai had threatened that any foreigner who intervenes in Nigeria’s elections will go back in “body bags”.
However, in a statement by the APC National Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party backed the governor insisting Nigeria is capable of running its affair without external interference.
He said: “as regards any country that thinks we are a colony; that we have a right to defend every inch of this country; we are not a banana republic.
“So what Governor Elrufai said clearly is the position of this government that we are proud as Nigerians and we are ready to defend the integrity of this country and that any country that thinks in the name of the election will want to interfere and dictate to us or intimidate us in any way, it is unacceptable.
“That is exactly what Governor Elrufai has said. The PDP can twist it the way they want. Governor Elrufai never said people should not come and observe or monitor elections. And he was not referring to people who are genuinely coming to monitor and observe the elections.
“Nigerians also go to other countries as monitors and observers. So that is acceptable to us, we welcome peer review. What we don’t welcome and what is unacceptable to us is any country thinking we are a colony, we are not. We are a sovereign nation.” He concluded.