‘Free Politician’ – Kaduna APC campaign hits out at Hunkuyi for criticizing el-Rufai

The All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign council in Kaduna criticized Suleiman Hunkuyi for his recent comment against Nasir el-Rufai, governor of the state.

Hunkuyi, a former APC leader and now a New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) gubernatorial candidate, reportedly said he regretted backing el-Rufai and President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 elections.

Hunkuyi reportedly spoke during an interactive session with representatives of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) in Kaduna on Monday.

Reacting in a statement by Ibraheem Musa, the campaign’s strategic communications director, on Tuesday, Kaduna’s APC accused Hunkuyi of a ‘repeated lie’.

“Alhaji Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi is a nomadic politician and his political trajectory is full of defections, betrayals and finger-biting that feed him,” the statement read.

“As finance commissioner from 1999 to 2003, he was the confidant of Governor Ahmed Makarfi but he dumped his benefactor and moved to the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) and challenged his boss. Hunkuyi failed miserably at the polls.

“Thereafter, he returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the Arch Mohammed Namadi Sambo administration. In 2011, Hunkuyi challenged Governor Patrick Yakowa in the primaries. Again, he lost.

“The self-proclaimed godfather who has never won an election since becoming chairman of Makarfi local government area under the Babangida regime, however took advantage of the popularity of Malam Nasir El-Rufai to be elected senator in 2015. However, instead of working for the people of Kaduna State, Hunkuyi and his cohort worked against them in the Senate.

“Specifically, the Kaduna state government has sought a $350 million loan from the World Bank to address its infrastructure gap, but Hunkuyi told the Senate that ‘the loan is a misplaced priority.’

“As a reward, the people of Kaduna North Senatorial District voted against Hunkuyi in 2019 for wronging them.

“Before that, the footless politician had defected to the PDP and he is currently the gubernatorial candidate of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP).

“Lately, Hunkuyi has been giving media interviews and issuing the usual hot air and false claim of having made Malam Nasir El Rufai Governor of Kaduna State in 2015. He repeated this mistake when an interactive session with representatives from the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC).

“Distinguished Senator Uba Sani, APC Governor candidate of Kaduna State, will not only defeat Hunkuyi like Senator Suleiman Abdu Kwari did in 2019, but will nail his last political coffin in the 2023 gubernatorial election.”

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