I don’t see why El-Rufai won’t be cleared to be minister – Ex-APC Vice Chair, Lukman


The former National Vice Chairman (North-West) of the ruling
All Progressives Congress (APC), Salihu Lukman said there is no any reason why
the former Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state should not be cleared to be
minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


Lukman stated this while speaking in an interview on
Channels Television’s Politics Today on Tuesday.


On Nasir El-Rufai’s non-confirmation as a ministerial
nominee, Lukman describing as overplayed politics.


Recall that 45 ministerial nominees were confirmed on August
7 following a week-long screening.


But, the confirmation of former Kaduna State governor along
with Stella Okotete (Delta State) and Abubakar Danladi (Taraba State) was
deferred, as the the trio were said to be undergoing security clearance.


He said, “My personal opinion is that, again, politics is
being overplayed. If other nominees are cleared, I don’t see any reason why
Mallam Nasir will not be cleared.


“Sincerely speaking, the earlier we reduce political
considerations in terms of the determination of decisions with respect to
appointments, the better for the country,” he added.


Meanwhile, Lukman, has kicked over Senator Abdullahi
Ganduje’s emergence as the National Chairman of the ruling APC.


The party’s former vice chairman, who had preempted with his
resignation last month, described the party’s decision to elect Ganduje as incorrect.


In his resignation letter dated July 26, 2023, and addressed
to the then acting APC National Chairman, Abubakar Kyari, the APC stalwart
explained that he would rather not become a source of distraction to the new
administration of President Bola Tinubu.


He said, “Dr Ganduje has emerged as the chairman of the
party and I’m loyal; I respect it. But I disagree, it is not the right
decision. That we’re living with a wrong decision is a different matter


 “But as progressive
politicians, we must have the commitment to continue to engage the issue such
that we, collectively, are able to correct any wrong decision that has been


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