Former Governor Nasir el-Rufai raised eyebrows as he skipped the recent executive committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, where Governor Uba Sani received a vote of confidence on Saturday.

The executive committee, known as the apex decision-making body of the APC in Kaduna, gathered to discuss various state matters and commend Governor Sani for his transformative initiatives.

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In a show of strong party support, the committee praised Governor Sani’s efforts in revitalizing rural areas and implementing programs aimed at empowering the youth and women.

Prominent figures, including Tajudeen Abbas, Speaker of the House of Representatives; Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, former governor of Kaduna; Datti Babawo, Vice-Chair of the APC in the North-West; and Yusuf Dahiru Liman, Speaker of the Kaduna House of Assembly, graced the meeting with their presence.

The notable absence of Nasir el-Rufai has sparked speculation of a strain in his relationship with Governor Uba Sani.

Back in March, Governor Sani publicly criticized the financial burdens inherited from el-Rufai’s administration, highlighting the weighty debt and contractual liabilities that have put a strain on the state’s budget and monthly allocations from the federation account.

Adding to the complexity, an ad hoc committee of the Kaduna House of Assembly recently recommended an investigation into el-Rufai’s administration for alleged mismanagement of N423 billion.

In response, el-Rufai has taken legal action against the state assembly, vehemently contesting the claims and defending his administration’s financial practices.