Governor Mallam Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna state is in loggerheads with governor Bello Masari of Katsina state over who becomes the National vice chairman North West of the All Progressive Congress (APC), two days to the national convention.
Governor Nasir Elrufai of Kaduna State is strongly against the incumbent NWC (NW) Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, an indigene of Katsina State, is in the race for a second term.
News has it that Nasir El-rufai has been having running battle with the Alhaji Abdulkadir since his leadership of the North West Zone of the party nullified the suspension of Senator Shehu Sani by the Kaduna state chapter of the APC and ordered El-rufai and his loyalists to abide by its decision.
The face-off between El-rufai and Abdulkadir came to a head in April 2017 when officials of the Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Authority, KASUPDA, backed by the police demolished Abdulkadir’s four-bedroom duplex in Kaduna, allegedly on the orders of the governor.
All efforts to resolve the misunderstanding between the two APC chieftains, including intervention of Governor Masari, did not yield and dividend.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that Governor El-rufai vowed to use every means at his disposal to ensure Abdulkadir is not re-elected for second term at the June 12 national convention.
Conversely, the Katsina state governor, Bello Masari is battling to ensure President Muhammadu Buhari’s state does not lose the plum position and this has pitched the two governors against each other.
Close aides of Governor El-rufai maintain that their principal stiff opposition to the re-election of Alhaji Abdulkadir has nothing to do with the reversal of the suspension slammed on Senator Shehu Sani, an arch rival of the governor.
They said the governor’s opposition is based on his believe in equitable sharing of offices in the North Western zone.
According to them, since President Buhari is from Katsina state, it is only fair for another state in the zone to produce the Zonal Chairman.