PDP to El-Rufai: Your apology is meaningless, politically motivated

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The Director General of the Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna state, Haruna Sa’eed, has described Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s recent apology to the people of the state, as meaningless, politically motivated and will not reverse the pains and hardship inflicted on the people.
In a sstatement on Sunday in Kaduna, Sa’eed said, attempts by El-Rufai to distance himself from his annointed governorship candidate, Senator Uba Sani of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, “is like a crude attempt to separate conjoined twins.”
“El-rufai cannot deliberately and recklessly create hardship for the people of Kaduna state for eight years and then think that he can conveniently utter a political apology at the twilight of his tenure”, Saeed said.
EL-Rufai, had while addressing party members during the inauguration of the APC campaign council, last week in Kaduna, apologised to those he may have offended in the course of his work and asked for forgiveness.
“We know in the course of this job, we have offended some people. They should forgive us. I will not contest again so do not blame others for my mistakes.
“Those I mistakenly offended I seek for their forgiveness”, El-Rufai was quoted to have said during the inauguration.
Saeed said, “On the surface, this apology might look noble, but since El-Rufai has probably not heard of the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin, who admonished people not to ruin an apology with an excuse, this apology, apart from being made in a political gathering to suit itching ears, is bereft of honesty and sincerity”.
The PDP chieftain said, El-rufai and Sani “are one and the same. The fear that the people of Kaduna should even entertain if the anointed candidate would not exceed his anointer in apathy”.
He maintained that, “In addition to the fact that an apology followed by an excuse means that the same deliberate act could be repeated again, came at a time when it lacks substance and offensive in context.
“More disingenuous is his attempt to separate his insensitive and intolerant mode of governance from his anointed candidate in 2023.
“It means he is repudiating the known democratic principles of governance as a continuous process. So sad!
“El-rufai cannot deliberately and recklessly create hardship for the people of Kaduna state for eight years and then think that he can conveniently utter a political apology at the twilight of his tenure.
“At what point did he think an apology was appropriate? Was his apology targeted at those he sacked from work without paying them their entitlement? “Those whose homes and businesses were demolished on the altar of aestheticism?
“Was his political apology targeted at the lives of millions of Kaduna people that he endangered when he made reckless and boastful statements on insecurity?
“Was his apology targeted at the millions of Kaduna people who, today, can’t go to their farms or even stay at their homes because of the pervasive insecurity in almost all parts of the state?
“Was his apology aimed at the bastardization of the state’s civil service, or his naked intolerance to those who dared to oppose him?
“El-rufai can apologise severally before he leaves, but it won’t change the fact that his meaningless apology won’t reverse the hardship and pain he brought to the people of Kaduna state.
“It rankles more that this apology came without restitution which smacks of only a cosmetic act without substance.”
The statement further maintained that, “El-rufai’s attempt to distance himself from his selected gubernatorial candidate of the APC is like a crude attempt to separate conjoined twins.
“They are one and the same. The fear that the people of Kaduna should even entertain it if the anointed candidate would not exceed his anointer in apathy”.
Saeed called on the people of the state to “vote out the APC and El-rufai’s anointed candidate”.

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