Some groups in Kaduna, including the Association of Cattle Sellers, have purchased the Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai to seek a second term in office.
The forms cost N22.5 million.
Other groups that teamed up to purchase the forms are the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), NATO, and Sheikh Gumi Market Association.
This came as el-Rufai, who received the forms from representatives of the various groups at the Government House on Monday, said he did not have up to N20 million in his personal bank account.
He described the gesture as a pleasant surprise and pledged to work harder for the development of the state.
El-Rufai said, “When the party fixed the money for the form, I could remember that during the meeting, the President was the first person to rise his hands and said he does not have N50m.
”Infact, we the governors started discussing on how we will raise the money for Mr President.
“We said each governor will contribute N2 million each and we travelled to China and it was in China I told the president that some group have purchased the form for you. So who will buy my own for me?
“I don’t have N20 million also to buy my form. The money I have in the bank is not close to that amount. I have only one account in GT . Except I sell my house will I be able to raise that amount.”
The representative of the groups, Abbas Likoro, said the gesture was to show their support for the governor’s efforts in the development of the state.