“Yar’Adua, Jonathan tried to put me in prison because they saw me as a threat” – El-Rafai recount on how he was exiled out of Presidential race

The Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai has said that the Past administration under People Democratic Party PDP, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan persecuted him because they saw him as a threat to their manition

The Gorvernor made this know while in an interview with news men, he said Yar’Adua humiliated him because he felt ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo was considering him as his successor, Jonathan persecuted him because he believed he was a threat to his second term.

El-Rufai who serve as Minister of FCT during 1999 and 2007 President Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime while Yar’Adua was the governor of Katsina state and Jonathan was a Deputy Gorvernor of Bayelsa

“Jonathan was convinced by his own circle too that I was a threat and that if he was going for a second term of office, he had to take me out of the race. And so, Jonathan continued the persecution that Yar’adua started.”

“I have been associated with running for President, as I said, since 2005, 2006, about 15 years. I’ve suffered for this, I’ve even been exiled for it and Jonathan tried to put me in prison for it.

“My name being mentioned with regard to presidential aspiration has been on since 2006, since I was running the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. People were speculating that the then President Olusegun Obasanjo was preparing to hand over to me. It was part of the reasons I was exiled. Late President Yar’adua was told, according to those around him, that Obasanjo shortlisted two names to succeed him – Yar’Adua’s name and mine. It was totally false.

“But Yar’adua believed that, and he thought that I was a threat, and all the hullabaloo, lies and persecution that got me exiled for 23 months were as a result of that.”

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