Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has countered a comment made by his Chief of Staff who suggested that he would not run for a second term because he was above 50 years via a strong-worded statement duly signed by him.
In the statement, El-Rufai pointed that he did not need a surrogate to communicate his political intentions to the people of his state.
The governor, however, threatened to sack any of his appointees caught politicking instead of concentrating on their immediate task of serving Kaduna people.
He, therefore, directed the signage agency in his state to pull down all billboards bearing campaign messages, in violation of election laws and guidelines.
"What was reported was that I had no plans to run for another term of office, and will be succeeded by someone below the age of 50.
"Both statements are misrepresentations of my position and the government.
"It has become imperative that these wrong impressions thereby created be corrected.
Going down the memory lane, El-rufai said In 2014, he complied with the directive President Muhammadu Buhari to run for the office of Governor of Kaduna State, which he made the announcement in person.
"I did not employ surrogates to engage the public on this important decision.
"What I did not do as an aspirant for office, I will not do as incumbent Governor. I will not communicate my decision to run for a second term in 2019 through surrogates, but directly to the people of Kaduna State.
The governor who described the views ascribed to the Chief of Staff as his personal opinion maintained that he does not wish to be associated with such sentiments.
"I am of the firm opinion that nobody, no matter the position they hold, can dictate to other citizens what they can or cannot aspire to. No individual can introduce into the electoral process conditions that are not embedded in the laws of our country and the norms of electoral competition.
"No individual can introduce into the electoral process conditions that are not embedded in the laws of our country and the norms of electoral competition.
"The Constitution of Nigeria, the Electoral Act and the APC constitution have no provisions imposing maximum age limits for those aspiring to elective office.
"I am a strict law-abiding citizen and loyal party member, and will not countenance anyone even hinting at circumscribing constitutional rights. While our administration believes strongly in encouraging youths, evidenced by the number of young people we have appointed into key government positions, we believe that it is the combination of the wisdom of the elderly and the energy of the youth that leads to societal progress.
El-rufai also pointed that the choice of who governs Kaduna will depend, not on the age of the person, but his or her acceptability by the leaders the party first, and ultimately the voters of Kaduna State.topics from