Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has said former President Goodluck Jonathan nearly jailed him because he thought it was against his second-term ambition.
El-Rufai made this claim in an interview with The Point.
According to him, although Jonathan was his very close friend, he persecuted him because of what those in his close circle told him.
El-Rufai claimed that this persecution started in 2006 when he was minister of the FCT, Abuja.
“Jonathan was convinced by his own circle that I was a threat and if he was going to a second term in office, he had to take me out of the race.
“And so Jonathan continued the persecution that Yar’adua started.
“I have been associated with running for president since 2005, 2006, approximately 15 years. I have suffered for this. I was even exiled for it and Jonathan tried to put me in prison for it.
“My name has been mentioned in connection with the presidential aspiration since 2006 since I was running the FCT, Abuja. People speculated that the then president, Olusegun Obasanjo, was preparing to hand me over. It was part of the reasons I was exiled, ”he said.