OrderPaperToday – The All Progressives Congress (APC) has supported the stance of the Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir Elrufai who riled against foreign interference in the forthcoming elections.
el-rufai spoke on national television against alleged foreign meddling and warned that perpetrators would leave the country in body bags, a comment which has sparked national and global outrage.
Reacting to this however, the APC spokesperson, Lanre Onilu-Issa while speaking to journalists on Friday, backed the Kaduna governor because Nigeria is not “colony” and has the right to defend every inch of this country; and we are not a banana republic.
Lanre said: “So what Governor Elrufai said clearly is the position of this government that we are proud as Nigerians and we are ready to defend the integrity of this country and that any country that thinks in the name of election will want to interfere and dictate to us or intimidate us in any way, it is unacceptable.
“That is exactly what Governor Elrufai has said. The PDP can twist it the way they want. Governor Elrufai never said people should not come and observe or monitor elections. And he was not referring to people who are genuinely coming to monitor and observe the elections.
“Nigerians also go to other countries as monitors and observers. So that is acceptable to us, we welcome peer review. What we don’t welcome and what is unacceptable to us is any country thinking we are a colony, we are not. We are a sovereign nation.”