I gave El-Rufai N160m to contest for Kaduna governor in 2015 – Tunde Bakare

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The Senior Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has disclosed how he allegedly lent N160 million to Mallam Nasir el-Rufai when the latter wanted to contest for the position of Kaduna governor in 2015.

According to PM Express, Bakare made this known while addressing the Nigerian community in Glasgow, Scotland last week.

Bakare, who was said to be a guest speaker at an evening with Association of Nigerians in Scotland, however disclosed that the loan had since been repaid.

“The current governor of Kaduna State once stayed in my house and we discussed many political and personal issues. I wrote the foreword of his published book with the little information I knew about him then. I invited him from Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to join Congress For Progressive Change, CPC. When he was contesting for the governorship of Kaduna State, I contributed N160million for his electioneering campaign and he later paid me back,” he said.

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The Herald recalls that el-Rufai on January 7, 2018, visited Bakare’s Lagos church days after the preacher hinted of his desire to contest for the presidency.

El-Rufai is a staunch supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari and has regularly expressed a strong desire to back the president’s second term bid in 2019.

It could not be immediately confirmed if the January visit had anything to do with the alleged loan referred to by Pastor Bakare or the preacher’s presidential ambition.


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