CPC uncovers fresh PDP plot…as El-Rufai rejects ministerial offer

                           Mallam Nasir El-Rufai

By Chuks Ehirim
The Congress for Progressive Change,CPC,said it  has uncovered another devious plot by the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to cause disaffection and confusion within the Polity.The party alleged today through a statement from its National Publicity Secretary, Engr. Rotimi Fashaki, that  in the latest Plot, “the PDP plans to use the renegade group led by Senator Rufa’I Hanga to goad unsuspecting Party men into a meeting on Wednesday the 23rd May, 2012 where a noxious vote-of-no-confidence decision shall be passed on the substantive National Executive Committee (NEC) of the CPC”.
The statement added that “Understandably, the PDP, at the lowest ebb of popularity with the Nigerian polity and willing to employ all shenanigans at causing distraction, is at the epicenter of this latest infamy.
“Having failed to cater for the security and welfare of Nigerians, being the basic constitutional requirements for responsible governance, the PDP seeks to languidly lay hold of straw of hope by deliberately sponsoring confusion within the Polity.
“It would be recalled that the same disgruntled elements were used by the PDP-led Federal Government to put on hold all financial transactions of the CPC’s account with First Bank Plc. The same Senator Rufa’i Hanga, having been paid for a two-year lease of his property, sought to renege on agreement by attempting eviction of the Party.
“It is not our desire to give recognition to a former leader of the Party who is in cahoots with PDP to undermine the integrity of lawfully constituted Party Leadership. However, we feel compelled to let Nigerians know the level of desperation of PDP and its paid agents in derailing the nation’s democracy.
“As a Party, it is our belief that this latest plot, like the others, is bound for colossal failure! We hereby appeal to our loyal Party men and women to remain calm in the face of these subversive plots. This too shall pass”.
In a related development, the Federal Government is said to be wooing leading members of the CPC, with mouth watering offers of political appointments. Sources close to the leadership of the party, revealed to this reporter that some of those who have been approached by highly placed members of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, included the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory,FCT, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.
The source who preferred not being quoted, disclosed that functionaries of the regime who approached the former Minister, had asked him to name any ministry of his choice, for appointment, provided he agrees to return to the Peoples Democratic Party[PDP].El-Rufai was however, said to have rejected the offer of ministerial appointment, vowing that he would not have anything to do with President  Jonathan’s administration.

This  report of attempts to woo El Rufai has  emerged despite an  official statement recently  denying any plan by President Jonathan  to shake-up his cabinet now.