Nasir El-rufai, the Governor of Kaduna state, has said that he does not intend to contest for presidency in 2023, except President Muhammadu Buhari insist he runs. ayokinews.com reports
El-rufai made this known on Wednesday, while responding to speculations that he would be running alongside Rotimi Amaechi, the former Governor of Rivers State, in next year’s election.
Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, “I’ve said over and over that I’m not a contestant for any office. I’m not aspiring for anything.”
“If Governor Rotimi Amaechi is interested in running for any office, he has the right to do so. But I’m not running for anything and I’m not going to be on his ticket.”
When asked if President Buhari will make him change his mind, El-rufai said, “That would be a different conversation. I’ll explain to him why I don’t think it’s a good idea but of course, if he insists, I will. But I’m tired.”
“I’m physically tired because I do take my work seriously. For the last eight years, I’ve worked myself flat out and I’m not young anymore.”
“I’ll be 63 next year. So I prefer to look at other options to contribute to the development of my country but of course, I didn’t want to run for Governor but the President insisted so if he insists that I do something I have so much regard for him and his judgement that I’ll do it even reluctantly.”