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El Rufai Governor denies slapping his deputy

El-Rufai said he and Bala have been friends since their days in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

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Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna state told newsmen on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, that he never slapped his Deputy Governor, Barnabas Bala.

There were media reports alleging that the Governor slapped his deputy, and he quickly retaliated.

El-Rufai said he and Bala have been friends since their days in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

The Kaduna Governor also said since his friendship with his deputy started in 1976, they have never had cause to hit each other.

El-Rufai dismissed the report, calling it a rumour, He also said those who fabricated the story were not intelligent enough.

He said “I have known Bala Bantex since 1976, I never had an argument with him, I respect his opinions,  and each time I travelled out of the country, I make him an Acting governor,  he signs documents on my behalf.

“We chair executive council meetings together, we operate like partners, and now people want to create enmity between us.  I am of age, I can’t descend so low. This rumour is completely false, it is created to cause division.”

El-Rufai also said “We never discussed retrenchment of workers in the state as claimed by the rumour mongers.

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“I have never slapped anyone in my life. I have never argued with Bala, I don’t slap people, I fight people with mouth.”

The Governor has come under serious criticisms over his decision to pass a religious censorship bill that requires preachers to get a license, amongst many other provisions.

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