Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and governorship candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has denied allegations of inciting violence in the state.
Governor Mukhtar Yero who is the standard bearer of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had accused the APC of instigating violence and destroying PDP campaign posters and billboards.
But addressing a news conference yesterday in Kaduna, spokesman of the former minister, Samuel Aruwan said the allegations was cheap blackmail aimed at tarnishing the image of El-Rufai, whose popularity among the people has become a threat to the PDP.
According to him, there was never an occasion where the APC candidate encourage any form of violence as alleged by the governor.
“El-Rufai has never insulted or encourage violence since he joined the race for the governorship of the state.
“Our campaigns are issue based, not on mundane issues. We cannot be instigating violence in a state that we are seeking to rescue from underdevelopment. We are concerned about the welfare and development of the people of Kaduna State,” Aruwan said.
He maintained that it is the PDP that has been instigating violence in the state, adding that the violent disruption of the swearing in of
Local government administrators by PDP members at the Hassan Katsina House, Kaduna on Tuesday had vindicated the APC.
“The PDP government has been blackmailing el-Rufai, telling people that he will demolish their houses if they vote him, but the same government went and demolished houses at
“The people of Kaduna State are determined to make a change and at the appropriate time, they will decide who they want, no matter the blackmail,” Aruwan said.