👤 By Danjuma Aliyu, DENISAURUS News
The Kaduna Market Traders Association has denied that it contributed towards the purchase of the N20 million nomination form for Nasir Elrufai.
Governor Elrufai, a member of the All Progressives Congress, who is seeking a second term in office said he did not have the money to buy the expression of interest form and nomination form needed for his re-election.
“I don’t have N20 million also to buy my form. The money I have in the bank is not close to that amount. I have only one account in GT.”
He said he’d have to sell his house to raise that amount.
Similar to President Muhammadu Buhari who also could not afford the price of the APC nomination form, a group has offered to pay.
Within a short space of time, a group including some cattle sellers came to Governor Elrufai’s rescue and bought him the ticket. The announcement was made on Monday.
But, one of the groups has denied doing so in a disclaimer, and is calling on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to investigate the Kaduna State Governor.
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The Kaduna Market Traders Association said: “There was never a time the Association met to decide on whether or not to purchase a nomination form for the Governor.
“We don’t know the identity of those who paraded themselves as our officials. Our investigation only revealed to us that those people are political scammers close to the Governor.
“We contacted members of the other groups whose name were used and they told us that they are equally unaware of any form of contribution for the purchase of forms for the Governor.
“We are not a partisan organization and never in the 48 year history of our Association ever engaged ourselves in such an act of political fraud and deceit. Our Association comprises Non politicians and politicians from different parties.”
The disclaimer signed by ALHAJI FALALU MUSA MAIDOYA, ALHAJI GAFAI BOSKA and Mr THOMAS YAKUBU JP further states.
The undersigned said: “we have no reason to purchase a form for the Governor whose tenure has never been helpful to us other than inflict hardships on our members.
“All the promises made to us by the Governor Elrufai in 2015 has never been fulfilled. He demolished our shops, increase our taxes, failed to give us the soft loans he promised and worst of all was that during the last conduct of our Association election, he sent @OfficialAPCNg thugs and Policemen of ‘Operation Yaki’ to invade and scatter our election materials when it was clear that his stooge lost the election.
“The Association doesn’t have N22 Million Naira to donate to the Governor. If we have such excess amount of money we could have use it to help our members recently affected by flood in Kaduna. If said he doesn’t have N20Million naira in his account. May God who is listening to him provide for him. But our name should not be used.
“Not sounding immodest,we appeal to the Governor Elrufai and his political friends to stop using our names in what we cannot defend before our creator in the hereafter.
“We call on the EFCC to investigate this purported claim now.”