Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, on Sunday discredited comments made by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Bashir Saidu, that he had no plan to run for the 2019 governorship race in the state.

The CoS’ comments came after the governor had said only President Muhammadu Buhari and God will determine whether or not he would contest in 2019.

Though the governor said his Chief of Staff’s good intention was misrepresented, he noted that he (Saidu) was on his own and warned other aides and commissioners to steer clear of what could conflict with their primary assignments.

The governor’s Chief of Staff was reported to have said that el-Rufai had no plan to run for another term in office and that he would be succeeded by someone below the age of 50.

However, el-Rufai explained that the view ascribed to the CoS was his personal opinion and thus disassociated himself from the entire statement.

In a statement which was made available to newsmen on Sunday, El-Rufai also warned that any appointee who involved themselves in politics ahead of 2019 – at the detriment of public services – would be fired.

“Any appointee of our administration that immerses himself or herself into (political) ambitions for 2019 at the expense of the vital public assignments entrusted to them will be deemed to have constructively vacated office, and will be relieved of his position,” he said.

Author: Yemi Olarinre