Daniel Bwala, a spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign, on Friday said President Muhammadu Buhari should ignore moves by Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna State and his colleagues in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to pressure the Nigerian leader and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to rethink the cash swap policy.
TOP MEDIA reports that El-Rufai had during an interview on Channels television, blamed some of the government policies including the naira redesign and persistent fuel scarcity in the country on those he termed fifth columnists, saying the naira redesign and persistent fuel scarcity may cause unrest in the country.
The Kaduna governor alleged that the naira redesign project was the idea of few people in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, adding that it was never the policy of the ruling APC.
Speaking in a video posted on his verified Twitter handle, Bwala asked President Buhari not to yield to the demands of the APC Governors.
“The real target is you (Buhari). You are the one they wanted to criticise. And as they come, this is what they intend to achieve. It’s a transaction to them. To deliver Bola Tinubu at all costs, whether it is the right thing to do or is the wrong thing to do.
“But for the records Mr. President, you have served as Minister, you fought in the civil war, you retired as a general, and this is your second term in office, nobody can look you in the face and call you as somebody who does not have a decision or decisive mind that somebody has to control,” Bwala said.
He added: “These people, it is about their interest, you are about legacy. So, it is a war against your legacy, and it is up to you Mr. President to stand for what you believe in and make sure that the 2023 election is delivered on the basis of free and fair process.
“The policy will affect everybody. So, anybody who thinks he is popular, he doesn’t need to stash money in different safe locations to buy the votes of the Nigerian people.
“Mr. President, we urge you to remember your conviction, remember your word, and not be deterred by this same strategy.
“They did it in the prelude to the primary election in your party. They came together and blackmail you, and they want to do the same. But this time around, I believe they fail, because the president must leave a legacy, a legacy of a good governance, a legacy of a free and fair election.”