leaked audio obtained by DAILY NIGERIAN on Saturday, Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, said he was happy that a former president, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, died because he heard that the late president planned to inject him with HIV and Hepatitis virus.
Responding to a question in what appeared to be a question-and-answer session, Mr El-Rufai clarified the caller’s question, insisting that he was happy Mr Yar’Adua died.
“Now, regarding the question about Umaru Yar’Adua, yes, I am grateful to God because I am alive and Umaru is dead. Because he wanted me killed.
“You know, there are plans to inject me with a combination of Hepatitis and HIV if I return to Nigeria.
“This is what I heard. I don’t know whether it is true or not true. But the fact that I am alive and he is dead, I should be grateful to God. Everyone has his own fate and destiny”, Mr El-Rufai said.
This newspaper could not independently establish the date and place the audio was recorded.
Last week, DAILY NIGERIAN exclusively reported how El-rufai warned his political enemies at a Kaduna APC stakeholders meeting held at Murtala Mohammed Square, Kaduna, saying that: “I had fought with two presidents, Umaru Yar’Adua ended up in his grave, while President Goodluck Jonathan ended up in Otueke”.
APC in Kaduna State is enmeshed in crises, with two party senators, Shehu Sani and Sulaiman Hunkuyi and a number of members of the House of Representatives forming a formidable faction against the governor.
“I had fought with two presidents,” Mr El-Rufai said at the Kaduna APC stakeholders meeting held at Murtala Mohammed Square, Kaduna, “Umaru Yar’Adua ended in his grave, while President Goodluck Jonathan ended in Otueke.”
He therefore called on the warring factions of the party to sheath their swords and unite for the development of APC in the state as he is ready to confront whoever tests his will as the leader of the party in the state.
“Let us forget our differences and work for the development of the party. If you are not willing to stop the fight, you should know that I am a dogged fighter,” he said.
The governor later knelt before the stakeholders, apologizing to the ward, local government and state excos, members of state and National Assembly and other stakeholders of the party for all his wrongdoings.
“I implore you to tell me the wrong I did to you and I will apologize. But if it goes beyond today, I will never tender apology,” he added.
Although Senator Hunkuyi was not invited to the meeting, he made a surprise appearance. In his remark, he said although holds Mr El-Rufai in high esteem as “elder brother”, it is normal to have political differences.
“But there is difference between politics and the respect I have for you. If you make a single wrong step in politics, I will not hesitate to correct you,” Mr Hunkuyi told the governor.
Audio link: https://youtu.be/x17Bi6rNvUI