Nasir El-Rufai denies slapping his deputy governor – The governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has denied getting into a physical fight with his deputy governor, Barnabas Bala.
The two were alleged to have clashed over the governor’s plans to sack some civil servants, but El-Rufai dismissed the reports.
El-Rufai said, “I have known Bala Bantex since 1976, I never had an argument with him, I respect his opinions, and each time I travelled out of the country, I make him an Acting governor, he signs documents on my behalf.
“We chair executive council meetings together, we operate like partners, and now people want to create enmity between us. I am of age, I can’t descend so low. This rumour is completely false, it is created to cause division.
“We never discussed retrenchment of workers in the state as claimed by the rumour mongers. I have never slapped anyone in my life. I have never argued with Bala, I don’t slap people, I fight people with mouth,” El-Rufai said.