Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State did not visit Edo State on Wednesday, his spokesman Samuel Aruwan, has said.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, had shortly after casting his vote in the governorship election in Edo State yesterday, raised the alarm over the presence of Governors El-Rufai and Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State in Benin.
The PDP candidate had claimed that the presence of the two All Progressives Congress, APC, governors in the state, at a time a restriction of movement of persons was in force as a result of the elections, was suspect.
While the Lagos Government denied that Ambode was in Edo and called Ize-Iyamu a liar, Mr. Aruwan described the claim by the PDP candidate that El-Rufai was in the state, as fiction.
He insisted that the governor was nowhere near the state.
“This clarification is made only to affirm a material fact. But it is important to stress that the laws of this country do not prevent any citizen from being in any part of the country. While movement may be restricted on election days, that is not the same thing as construing the presence of any citizen in a state holding elections as illegal, unusual or irregular”, Aruwan said in a statement issued in Kaduna yesterday.
According to him, “A specious attempt, similar to that made by a candidate in Edo today, was made by chieftains of a political party during the last governorship election in Anambra State. During the Anambra elections, security agents tried to cast a Nigerian as alien simply for being in another state during an election. They restricted Mr. El-Rufai to his hotel room”.
“Mr. El-Rufai challenged this violation of his right in court. And a court ruled in his favour. Those who are seeking power should be careful not to be violating constitutional rights in that quest. And they should not say what they do not know to be true”, the statement concluded.