A Nigerian social media commentator and critic has claimed that Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai in a mail forwarded to him, called Southern women “whores.”
Reno Omokri, the former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, said he agreed it was “so true,” threatening to reveal e-mails he received from El-Rufai.
Writing on Twitter, Omokri claimed, “Once again I dare @elrufai to deny he forwarded me an email calling Southern women ‘whores’ and responded by saying ‘so true!’
“If he denies, I‘ll immediately make the email available to newsmen. El-Rufai is very notorious for challenging falsehoods. Let him deny this,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has attacked members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
This followed a backlash by the party calling the governor to order over his statement describing Peter Obi as a “religious bigot,” and stressing that voting Atiku and Obi into power will bring about division in the country.
According to the governor, Obi supported his (El-Rufai’s) arrest by the Department of State Services, DSS, in 2014 on the ground that “El-Rufai has no business being in Anambra State as it is not Katsina State.”
The Kaduna state Governor, in a post on Twitter on Friday, November 9, 2018, said “Peter Obi is a tribal bigot. He was widely quoted on national television that the SSS was right to detain me for 48 hours in an hotel in 2014 on the grounds that ”El-Rufai has no business being in Anambra State as it is not Katsina State”! I sued the SSS and awarded N4m damages.”
The PDP had in a statement warned El-Rufai to focus on the problem in his state and leave its presidential candidates alone.
However, in a swift reaction, El-Rufai on his Twitter page lashed out at the opposition party saying ‘No single thinking brain was left in PDP’
He wrote: “I never respond to cluelessness, compounded by bad English. There isn’t a single thinking brain left in PDP….sad, only Wendell Simlins and their sort……sigh!
“We will meet first on February 16, 2019 – my birthday by the way then March 2 in sha
In a statement which it issued on Twitter, the PDP asked El-Rufai not to heat up the country with his words.
The party said “Governor @elrufai should not attempt to export the kind of inciting and inflammatory statements that have led to conflagration and bloodletting in his Kaduna state to our national political firmament. @OfficialAPCNg.
“From @elrufai comment, Nigerians now know those behind the series of smear campaigns and spurious allegations against our Presidential candidate, @Atiku and his running mate, @PeterGregoryObi.
“Instead of fixating on our party and the soaring popularity of our Presidential candidate, @atiku we expect @elrufai to show remorse that he was part of those who brought in the @MBuhari administration, which has inflicted so much pain on Nigerians in the last 3 and 1/2;years.”
Face your problems
The PDP also called on 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.”
Doyin Okupe, the former Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan also reacted to El-Rufai’s comment, calling him a rabid religious midget.