By John Shiklam in Kaduna
The leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna Central Senatorial zone has affirmed the indefinite suspension of Shehu Sani, the senator representing the zone from the party.
A faction of the APC in Sani’s Ward 6, Tudun Wada, Kaduna, had last week placed him on fresh and indefinite suspension, demanding that he apologises to President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Nasir El-Rufai and the party for allegedly disparaging criticisms and working against the party.
But a faction in the ward, loyal to the senator had dismissed the suspension and endorsed him for a second term in 2019.
However, the leadership of the party in the senatorial zone, comprising the zonal executives, chairmen of the party in the seven local governments of the zone as well as some officials of the state executive, in a statement on Sunday, insisted that there was no going back on Sani’s indefinite suspension from the party.
The statement was jointly signed by the zonal chairman of the party, Aminu Jibo; assistant state secretary, Yahaya Baba Pate; zonal women leader, Tabawa Inuwa, state assistant publicity secretary, and Salisu Tanko Wusono, among other officials.
“We are the executives of Zone 2, along with the 7 APC Local Government Chairmen of Kaduna North, Kaduna South, lgabi, Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Kajuru. We have been following, with keen interest, the dirty political antics of Shehu Sani, the current Senator representing Zone 2 at the National Assembly, and wish to set the records straight by affirming he is still under indefinite suspension by Kaduna State leadership of our great party” the statement said.
The statement accused Sani of alleged “gross misconduct, including series of damaging media campaign both against party leaders and the APC government led in Kaduna state.
Part of the statement reads:
“We would like to express our disappointment over the Senator’s glaring political
desperation that led him into going as far as disparaging President Muhammadu Buhari
in the media, thereby ridiculing the image of this country and its democratic institutions.
We are therefore joining other genuinely loyal members of our great party to advice our
amiable President to be wary of a Senator who so ceaselessly attacked Federal
Government and its policies very frequently.
“We wish to note that despite the huge, dirty media campaign he has launched against the President and Governor El-rufai, the
Senator did not deem it fit to apologise to President Buhari, El-Rufai or the disenchanted people of Zone 2 he is supposedly representing.
“Instead, he has remained more desperate, unrepentant and indeed opportunistic. Clearly, Senator Shehu Sani is today the APC’s biggest time-bomb, as we approach 2019 elections.
“We still question the motive behind Shehu Sani’s sabotage against the $350million
loan meant to give Kaduna State a befitting outlook by the El-Rufai administration…
“Clearly, the Senator rode on the back of President Buhari and El-Rufai to get to the Senate and turned around to stab them on the back, so brazenly. This is the height of
irresponsibility and we dare say it is one of the many reasons that have now exposed him as a regrettable choice for Zone 2 electorate and Kaduna State APC.
“We reject in totality, Shehu Sani’s obtuse politics, fake democratic credentials and
pedestrian approach to law-making that has undermined the hopes and expectations of Zone 2 voters
“We also find unacceptable, the false flag of allegiance he is pretending to be flying in
the guise of an APC loyalist. While he cannot mislead President Buhari, he cannot also pull a blind wool over our eyes, pretending he is with us, just because the 2019 election is approaching”.