Former Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Nasir El-Rufai has adduced reasons why Vice President Namadi Sambo and National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur allegedly prevented him from eulogising late Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa of Kaduna State over the weekend.
El-Rufai told reporters that it was late Yakowa’s family that invited him to the occasion of a first year remembrance lecture in honour of the late governor, but wondered why he was prevented from speaking.
The former minister said “My intention was to honour Yakowa and raise fundamental issues affecting the development of Kaduna State presently.
“I was invited by Yakowa’s family to attend the memorial lecture, and I was billed to speak there. But when Vice President Sambo and the PDP national chairman arrived, I knew there would be problem. I wanted to leave but Suleiman Hunkuyi insisted that we stay and see the end. It was when Yakowa’s son started giving vote of thanks that we knew it was over,” he said.
According to the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, “My task was to eulogise Yakowa and what he stood for, then raise fundamental questions regarding present situation of our state. Are they really preserving Yakowa’s legacies? What about local government funds? The 23 local government areas of the state are in bondage; their finances are being withheld and public funds are being mismanaged. Was that what Yakowa did? Absolutely no. This is why they are afraid and they stopped me from speaking but they cannot hide the reality of our predicament”.