For uttering statements that allegedly “violate the rules of engagement of the party, factionalising the party, and engaging in anti-party activities by criticizing the policies of Gov. Nasir el-Rufai”, Sen. Shehu Sani got the boot from the APC, Tudun Wada Ward, Kaduna, December 27.
In a letter signed by the ward secretary, Ahmed Abdullahamid, the public relations officer, Auwal Mai Anguwa, and ex-officio member, Aminu Alilan, the party banned Sani from engaging in party activities in Kaduna for 11 months.
“Hardly a week passes by that his group will not be on air criticizing and challenging the enduring legacies of Mallam Nasir ElRufai, that his statement on national issues is not in conformity with that of the state government and government of Kaduna State,” the party said in part.
The state chapter of the APC also added that Sani has chosen to be confronting the state governor every now and then.
The senator once told the National Daily el-Rufai policies are elitist, and for that he would continue to play an adversarial role, though they are in the same party.
But political watchers in the state believe Sani might still be angry over his decision to step down for el-Rufai who was said to be President Muhammadu Buhari’s choice for the state governorship ticket, for which Sani and el-Rufai intended to contest.
Reacting, the senator said his calling is to call a spade a spade, describing speaking the truth as a way of relieving the burden his conscience imposes on him as a man with moral obligation to society.
“If we as a people adopt the concept of categorising those we should tell the truth and those we should not, we have institutionalised the desecration of our natural and universal human moral standards on the altar of our narrow, parochial or immediate interest,” he said in a facebook post.
Suleiman Ahmed, Sani’s aide, said those behind the suspension, at both the ward and state levels, were ignorant of the provisions of the APC constitution, and are merely doing the bidding of Gov. el-Rufai.