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INFIGHTING IN THE PRESIDENCY: El-Rufai's memo was requested by Buhari

INFIGHTING IN THE PRESIDENCY: El-Rufai's memo was requested by Buhari

·      The president made the request in Daura on September 13th, 2016
·      The Cabal finally takes full control
 
Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s controver­sial memo in which he urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take urgent proactive steps to re­vamp his administration was at the behest of the President himself.
Some members of the Ca­bal in the Presidency, who are scheming for relevance and seeking the ears of President Buhari, are using the memo to get back at el-Rufai, who is not in their good books.
In the memo, el-Rufai, in very blunt terms, had told the President: “Our APC admin­istration has not only failed to manage the expectations of a populace that expected over­night ‘change’ but has failed to deliver even mundane matters of governance outside of our successes in fighting BH insur­gency and corruption”.
The forces against el-Rufai re­portedly leaked the confidential memo and made it to look like el-Rufai had turned against Bu­hari – while the President him­self requested the memo from el-Rufai, reputed to be a member of his kitchen cabinet.
The plot against el-Rufai is part of the intrigues, confusion, in-fighting and scheming for power and relevance going on in the Presidency as members of the Cabal realign their forces to main­tain their hold on power – given the President’s ill-health.
Sources conversant with the issues confided to The AUTHOR­ITY that Buhari requested the memo from el Rufai, contrary to speculations that El-Rufai acted on his own volition in initiating the memo.
The sources that were privy to the origin of the memo told The AUTHORITY that el-Rufai had, during his Sallah homage to Bu­hari at Daura on September 13, 2016, engaged the president on the state of the nation.
“The President was impressed with El-Rufai’s analysis of the problems confronting the admin­istration and the suggestions as to what the president needed to do to deliver. It was at that point that the president asked him to put his thoughts on paper for him,” said the source.
Sources confirmed to The AUTHORITY that El Rufai con­sulted widely, aware that the memo could be misconstrued and used against him.
“His exact fears have played out. And like we feared the pres­ident has refused to speak up. If he did the sail would have been taken out of the plot. But this is the nature of the President. Like in Magu’s case…, he was messed up by the Cabal, without the pres­ident lifting a finger,” said the source.
The Sallah encounter came just weeks after the Arewa Con­sultative Forum (ACF) had, in a meeting with the president, raised the issues that el-Rufai would also raise. The ACF impressed on the president the need to sack the Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari and the Secretary to Government of the Federation Engineer David Lawal for “sheer incompetence” and lack of administrative ca­pacity.
A permanent secretary from the north east is helping the SGF, the same way Ambassador Baba­gana Kingibe is helping out Abba Kyari.
The follow up between the president and the ACF has sev­erally been scuttled by the Chief of Staff.
Dr Hakeem Baba Ahmed, the joint secretary of the party, has since moved on. He is now the Chief of Staff to Senator Bu­kola Saraki.
The sources confirmed that although the memo was ready be­fore the flag off of the Edo State governorship election, which the president attended, Governor El Rufai didn’t submit it because he wanted to consult further and wider.
Convinced about the noble intentions behind the memo, and the fact that the president him­self asked for it, he finally sent the memo.
Governor el-Rufai has never been popular with those around the president. He was once a strong critic of the president, but once he became convinced that Goodluck Jonathan must be de­feated, he switched and became a fanatical supporter of Buhari.
Sources told The AUTHORI­TY that the decision to ask el-Ru­fai to contest the governorship of Kaduna State was to “tactically get rid of him”. The Cabal reasoned that if El-Rufai wasn’t the gover­nor of Kaduna State, it would have been difficult to stop him from be­coming the Chief of Staff.
“The same forces that leaked the memo sold the governorship project to Buhari, who now in­sisted that if el-Rufai wanted him to run then he must contest,” said the source.
The intention of the Cabal is to pitch him against Bola Tinubu, the beautiful bride, the party lead­ership and the general public.
On the flip side his colleague governors have become con­vinced after they got to know of the memo, and his anger over the Ambassadorial lists. Hither­to most governors believed that el-Rufai was part of the decision that robbed them of input in ap­pointments.
He went on: “This situation is compounded by the fact that some officials around you seem to be­lieve and may have persuaded you that current APC State Governors must have no say and must also be totally excluded from political consultations, key appointments and decision-making at the fed­eral level”.
The AUTHORITY can con­firm that governor el-Rufai spoke the minds of many on the SGF, when he described the Secretary to the Government of the Feder­ation as “not only inexperienced in public service but lacking in hu­mility, in addition to being insen­sitive and rude to virtually most of the party leaders, ministers and governors. The SGF is in the hab­it of asking politicians to write for appointments. Many are still wait­ing for his reply years after.”
In the memo he had also tak­en the Chief of Staff to the clean­ers. “The Chief of Staff is totally clueless about the APC and its internal politics at best as he was neither part of its formation nor a participant in the primaries, campaign, and elections,” el-Ru­fai said.
“In summary, neither of them has the personality, experience, and the reach to manage your pol­itics nationally or even regionally.”
The AUTHORITY can con­firm that the Chief of Staff only asked the APC National Chair­man, Chief John Oyegun, for his number late last year.
Indeed, the United Nations Under Secretary and immedi­ate past Minster of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed, had a face-off with the Chief of Staff, who had queried her for “daring” to see the President without his permission.

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