By Ehi Ekhator
Reactions have continued to trail the statement credited to the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.
The Kaduna Governor had described the running mate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar as a “religious bigot”
El-Rufai said Obi supported his (El-Rufai’s) arrest by the Department of States Service, DSS in 2014 because he was in Anambra State.
Face The Problem You Have created in Kaduna – PDP caution El-Rufai
…..says leave Obi alone.
The Peoples Democratic Party in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan has asked El-Rufai to face the myriad of problems he has caused in Kaduna State for which the people have resolved to vote him out and stop his attempt to further foul the nation’s political space by making comments capable of stoking religious and ethnic division in the country.
The party described the former governor of Anambra State as a nationalist and cannot be in anyway be associated with tribal bigotry.
The PDP warned the governor not to export the kind of inciting and inflammatory statement that have led to the conflagration and bloodletting in his state to the national political firmament.
“From El-Rufai’s comment, Nigerians now know those behind the series of smear campaigns and spurious allegations against our Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi.
“Instead of fixating on our party and the soaring popularity of our Presidential candidate, we expect el-Rufai to show remorse that he was part of those who brought in the Buhari administration, which has inflicted so much pain on Nigerians in the last three and half years,” PDP said.
“He must, therefore, know that the 2019 election will not be about name calling, smear campaign and character assassination but on finding solutions to the issue of governance for which Nigerians are fully rallied on the platform of the PDP.
“El-Rufai should, therefore, steer clear of our party and our candidates and begin to prepare to give a full account of his tenure as governor of Kaduna state.” the party added.
Peter Obi Is A Lesser Evil – Shehu Sani
Meanwhile, the Senator representing Kaduna Central Shehu Sani has also taken a jibe at the governor for calling Obi a religious bigot.
In a brief post on his twitter handle, Sani said: “An ethnic bigot is a lesser evil than a divisively religious one.”
El-Rufai Described Southern Women As Whore In 2014 – Omokri
Reno Omokri, a former aide to an ex-President Goodluck Jonathan reacted to El-Rufai’s statement against Peter Obi.
Omokri posted on his twitter handle that in 2014, El-Rufai described Southern women as whores.
“In 2011 El-rufai forwarded me an email calling Southern women ‘whores’ and he wrote ‘so true!’ In case he tries to deny, I STILL HAVE THE EMAIL.
“I protected El-rufai all these years, but chose to expose him to Nigerians after he called Peter Obi a tribal bigot.”
El-Rufai is a rabid religious midget – Doyin Okupe
Dr. Doyin Okupe, a supporter of the Senate President Bukola Saraki’s presidency and a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan simply called El-Rufai “a rabid religious midget”.
He posted it on his Facebook handle on Friday evening.
Okupe tweeted, “Peter Obi is a tribal bigot….El-Rufai.
“Me: El-Rufai is a rabid religious midget.”