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2023 Election: I'm physically tired and not young anymore to contest - El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has said that he is physically tired to contest any seat in the 2023 general elections.

In an interview with Channels TV, El-Rufai stated that he is no longer young enough to via for any position.

According to him, he has worked himself flat out. However, when asked if President Buhari can convince him to contest for any position, he said yes and that would happen reluctantly.

“I’ve said over and over that I’m not a contestant for any office. I’m not aspiring for anything.”

“If Governor Rotimi Amaechi is interested in running for any office, he has the right to do so. But I’m not running for anything and I’m not going to be on his ticket.”

“That would be a different conversation. I’ll explain to him why I don’t think it’s a good idea but of course, if he insists, I will. But I’m tired,” he said when asked if Buhari will make him change his mind.

“I’m physically tired because I do take my work seriously. For the last eight years, I’ve worked myself flat out and I’m not young anymore.

“I’ll be 63 next year. So I prefer to look at other options to contribute to the development of my country but of course, I didn’t want to run for Governor but the President insisted so if he insists that I do something I have so much regard for him and his judgement that I’ll do it even reluctantly.”

He said this on Wednesday in reaction to speculations that he will be the running mate to the former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi in next year’s poll.

The Governor expressed his confidence in the APC and said that the party will win the 2023 presidential election as well as win majority governorship seats.

“I think Nigerians expect much more than we have done but if Nigerians reflect deeply and compare with the other party, we are still a better choice,” the former Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister said during the show.

“I believe that in 2023, the APC is going to win the presidential election as well as the majority of the governorship elections.”

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