The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai has said that anyone who thinks he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election needs psychiatric assistance.
He said that President Buhari had consistently won Kaduna since he started contesting elections in 2003.
Governor El-Rufai was reacting to the claim made by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who said he won the 2019 presidential election with 1.6 million votes .
Speaking at a reception organised for him at Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House on Saturday, he dismissed the rumour of his accident, describing peddlers of the story as sadists.
“I was never involved in any accident and no driver died. I was also not in coma,” el-Rufai said.
According to the Governor, “Let me start by thanking you all for coming to welcome me. One of the objectives is, as explained by my wife, I am still alive, or I have resurrected, I don’t know which one.
“My wife went on to say that, as my wife for 34 years, although, we have known each other for 43 years, she can confirm that this is really me, it is not a clone. Although, that will not stop the rumour in the social media, but that is that.
“So, I want to thank you all for coming here. But, I want to confirm that, no accident took place, no one was in coma, no driver died. I have already put that out in social media, but I want to repeat it for the sake of clarity.
“The second reason I am grateful for your presence and I want to thank people of Kaduna State for their votes. For their votes in support of President Muhammadu Buhari and coming out even in larger numbers to vote for me and members of the state house of assembly.
“I am happy to say that, we already have two third majority in the state house of assembly. and I have already appealed to members of the assembly to keep the leadership that has served the state so diligently in the last for years to continue. This is my appeal.
“Kaduna State has consistently voted for President Muhammadu Buhari since he first contested in 2003. He has never lost Kaduna State, so it is not a shock that he won this time.
“Anyone who says he defeated President Buhari in Kaduna is either dreaming or needs psychiatric assistance.”
The governor also reiterated his appeal to the people of the state to live peacefully among themselves, saying that his government was saddened by the security challenges in Birnin Gwari, Kajuru, parts of Chikun and lately Sanga local government areas.
He appealed to the President for security reinforcement in the affected areas.
He also urged all the people of Kaduna State to join hands with his government to move the state forward, promising that the government will be fair and work for all, irrespective of their political and other affiliations.