Nasir El-Rufai, the executive governor of Kaduna state has said he does not have up to N20 million in his bank account to purchase the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship nomination form which costs N22.5 million.
NIGERIA NEWS gathers that El-Rufai made the statement on Monday, September 10, when some groups in Kaduna purchased the expression of interest and nomination form of the ruling APC for him.
Among the groups are the Association of Cattle Sellers, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), NATO, and Sheikh Gumi Market Association.
Governor El-Rufai who thanked the groups for their gesture, describing it as a pleasant surprise said he would have been left with no other option other than to put up his property for sale to meet the price of the form.
“When the party fixed the money for the form, I could remember that during the meeting, the President was the first person to rise his hands and said he does not have N50m,” El-Rufai said.
”Infact, we the governors started discussing on how we will raise the money for Mr President.
“We said each governor will contribute N2 million each and we travelled to China and it was in China I told the president that some groups have purchased the form for you. So who will buy my own for me?
“I don’t have N20 million also to buy my form. The money I have in the bank is not close to that amount. I have only one account in GT. Except I sell my house will I be able to raise that amount.”
Prior to this development, the spokesperson for the groups said they were inspired to purchase the form for the governor as a way of supporting him for his good work.
Meanwhile, in an earlier report, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that some politicians have started putting up their mansions and properties for sale to raise fund campaigns ahead of 2019 elections