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El-Rufai may have withdrawn from ministerial race, picks replacement

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Nasir El-Rufai, the former Governor of Kaduna State, may have opted out the ministerial race following the controversy over his candidacy.

During the screening the former governor had pledged to serve in any capacity, especially in the power sector.

But Premium Times is reporting that in a recent meeting with President Tinubu, El-Rufai conveyed his decision to forgo the role of a minister. He emphasized his commitment to contribute to Nigeria’s development as a private citizen.

As part of his explanation, El-Rufai mentioned his ongoing pursuit of a doctorate program at a university in The Netherlands. In light of this, he put forward a new nominee for the ministerial position — Jafaru Ibrahim Sani from Kaduna State. El-Rufai assured the President that Sani’s expertise and resourcefulness could be of great value.

Jafaru Ibrahim Sani, who had previously served as a commissioner in three key ministries (Local Government, Education, and Environment) during El-Rufai’s tenure as governor, has been nominated to continue on his behalf.

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