Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to deal decisively with those ambitious All Progressives Congress (APC) members who might make his second term in office difficult.
He also blamed the internal crisis in the party in the build-up to the 2019 general elections on the desperation of some members who are positioning themselves ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
El-Rufai spoke in Ikoyi, Lagos on Saturday during an interactive session with members of The Bridge Club.
He said, “There were a lot of internal crises in the APC; those crises had nothing to do with the 2019 elections; they were all about positioning for 2023. You know politicians can be very strategic; as illiterate as some of them can be, they are very strategic, they can think far ahead of you.
“So, those 2023 aspirations had been busy at work, creating pockets of support that had unintended consequences. I can mention a few states that we lost because of these kinds of aspirations. Some of the things led to unintended consequences and we paid for it. It is my view that President Muhammadu Buhari must be firm and decisive in dealing with these overambitious elements that will make his second term difficult from day one unless curtailed. The President has to be very decisive in dealing with such people.”