Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, says Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, is “thinking of removing President Muhammadu Buhari” from office in 2019.
In a chat in the March edition of The Interview magazine, Sani advised el-Rufai to “face his job and stop putting eyes on the presidency”.
He accused El-Rufai of ruling like an emperor, promising to give him war or peace, whichever he chooses.
“It would be counter-productive for the governor to start thinking of evicting Buhari in 2019 to be the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he told the magazine.
“El-Rufai should do his job and stop putting his eyes on the presidency.”
The lawmaker and the governor have been at loggerheads for reasons not known to the public, making the Kaduna state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to suspend Sani.
Dangiwa Umar, former military governor of Kaduna, also spoke in the edition, referring to Adams Oshiomohle, Edo sate governor; Edwin Clark and Tony Anenih, chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as “traitors.”
Responding to a question on the fortunes of former President Goodluck Jonathan after he was defeated in March, Umar said: “I compare them (Oshiomohle and co) to insects that cling to flowers. They are attracted by the nectar rather than by the beauty of the flower.
“Governor Adams Oshiomohle, who generously praised Jonathan as a true democrat, suddenly turned into his most virulent critic.”
Umar revealed that he advised Jonathan to sack his service chiefs during his days as acting president, but the former president was too confused and agitated to act.