Arise TV host, Rufai Oseni, has said the current ministerial nomination saga involving former Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, is another case of battle among cabals in the presidency.
Recall that during the administration of the immediate-past President, Muhammadu Buhari, there were issues of cabals being responsible for decisions that were made.
Naija News earlier reported that El-Rufai, has reportedly withdrawn his interest in President Bola Tinubu’s ministerial appointment.
This comes after his meeting with President Tinubu at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday, a day after the Senate confirmed 45 ministerial nominees and left him out.
A presidency source who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES revealed that El-Rufai was no longer interested in becoming a minister due to his current doctorate programme but would continue to contribute his quota to the development of Nigeria as a private citizen.
Another insider also told the publication that El-Rufai suggested a new ministerial nominee, Jafaru Ibrahim Sani, for Kaduna State, saying the President would find him helpful and resourceful.
Also, during the meeting, President Tinubu also reportedly told the former governor he received petitions critical to his ministerial nomination.
The President, however, demanded 24 hours of grace to review the petitions and the SSS report to the Senate to enable him to reach a decision.
At that point, El-Rufai responded that he was no longer interested in being a minister since it appeared some forces around the President were scheming intensely to block his emergence as federal minister.
Reacting via a post shared on Twitter, Rufai claimed El-Rufai’s ministerial saga is another confirmation that internal cabals in the presidency are winning.
He tweeted, “It’s fast becoming another battle of the cabals! The internal cabals are winning, this El-Rufai saga is another confirmation. Too much intrigue going on. I just hope it’s not another battle of the cabals.”
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