by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
As built up to the 2023 elections and the intrigues in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party plans to retain power waxes stronger, an Islamic Cleric and strong supporter of Mall. Nasir El-Rufai’s hidden presidential ambition, Malam Ibrahim Kasuwar Bacci, has scuttled El-Rufai’s 2023 ambition.
Kasuwar Bacci, who is a close confidant of Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna State, and also an ally of retired General Abdurrahman Dambazau, the former Minister of Interior, has reportedly dumped Malam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai for Vice President Prof. Yomi Osinbajo.
Malam Bacci had reportedly held several meetings with three influential Ministers in Abuja to drive home support for the vice president, including the Ministers of Communication and Digital Economy, Water Resources and Minister of FCT Abuja, on how to win Buhari to support their moves.
The cleric, who has been dining and wining with the Kaduna State governor for the past two years, promising him heaven-on-earth support, has within the period utilized the resources of El-Rufai to rather galvanize political support for the Vice President.
On several occasions, Kasuwar Bacci had earlier organized forums to parley with high-profile individuals for el-Rufai, including scholars of Islamic faith, Professors of Universities, Captains of Industries, among others, but suddenly switched camp and loyalty to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, revealing the blue-print of El-Rufai’s political ambition to his new found principal.
Kasuwar Bacci with his cohorts, who happen to be members of El-Rufai’s cabinet, including State Commissioners and Chief of Staff to the Governor, have held series of meetings for El-Rufai because of their political interest and support in time past.
A source close to Bacci confided to our correspondent that in one of their recent meetings held in Abuja, the trio of President Buhari’s ministers was in attendance with their supporters under the umbrella of the presidential ambition of the Vice President.
The source gave the names of the ministers present at the meeting to include Hon. Isa Ali Pantami, his Water Resources counterpart, Engr. Sulieman Adamu, and Hon. Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, respectively, who discussed and hatched plans on how to prevail on President Buhari to hand over power to Osinbajo as the next President in 2023.
The core intension of the schemists, among others, are that one out of the three of them be picked as a running mate to Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, while the El-Rufai’s cabinet member, who was betrayed, would be compensated with ministerial appointments instead of a Gubernatorial ticket of Kaduna State in 2023.
The arrow head of the group of the ambitious politicians, Malam Ibrahim Kasuwar Bacci, has so far achieved 60 percent in mobilizing and putting structures on whom to succeed El-Rufai as Governor of Kaduna State in 2023, between the Chief of Staff, Muhammadu Sani Dattijo and Dr. Shehu Usman Makarfi, Commissioner of Education.
Many privileged to the game plans have variously described it as “biting the fingers that fed them,” and a “display of the high sense of betrayal” ever witness in the political history of Kaduna State since 1999.
Trouble started when the arrangement earlier made with Governor El-Rufai to make DG NIMASA, Buhari’s son-in-law, his successor was reportedly betrayed, as the Buhari son-in-law, Dr. Bashir Yusuf Jamo, was later dumped by the governor.
In Kaduna, Bacci and his group had reportedly held several of their nocturnal meetings at one STONEHENGE Hotel on Sokoto Road before moving to Abuja where they lodged at Life Camp Hotel.
Accordingly, the sources authoritatively revealed that the reason El-Rufai consistently declared that the power should shift to the South in 2023 was because of is intension to be made Vice President to any candidate, who emerged under APC from the Southern part of the country.
In some of their secret meetings, the strategies used, among others, include how to brainwash Buhari and make him believe that only Osinbajo Presidency can guarantee and protect his administration’s legacies.