The former Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi, said on Saturday his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai, would play a significant role in President Bola Tinubu’s administration.
The former Kaduna governor has come under criticism over his recent anti-Christian statement.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Nigeria Inter-religious Council (NIREC) had last week counselled the ex-governor to refrain from inflammatory remarks after he tried to whip up religious sentiments on the last general election during a meeting with Islamic clerics in Kaduna.
Umahi, who spoke in an interview on Arise Television, said the president would not abandon El-Rufai because of his contribution to the latter’s victory in the February 25 election.
He stressed that Tinubu would not distance himself from the ex-governor and other loyal party members in their time of trouble.
Umahi said: “Let me say this clearly, the Mr. President that I know is not going to leave out people like El-Rufai and the rest of us who worked very hard for him.
“You can see his (Tinubu) track records. He doesn’t betray anybody. So be very much assured that my good friend El-Rufai is going to play a major role in this government.
“I’m not speaking for Mr. President, but I’m speaking bearing in mind the character of him I know too well.”
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.