Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, on Tuesday, demolished the State Secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) faction led by Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi. The Governor rolled out the bulldozer to pull down the one storey building located on 11B Sambo Road, where the Sani APC faction has been operating in the state as the authentic APC platform in Kaduna which claims to APC Akida’ and the ‘Restoration APC’.
The factional APC last week suspended Governor El-Rufai from the party for six months before the governor rolled out the bull dozer this Tuesday to bring the building where that decision was made.
The action of El-Rufai reflected the extremism with which the governor is fighting the opposition within the ruling APC in the state.
APC stakeholders affected by the demolition complained that the building has all official title documents required by law. They protested that even if the structure does not have any of the documents, the government is required to issue as at least three months notice before the demolition could be carried out. They further protested that thugs were deployed by the State Government to harass and force the factional APC leaders out of the building while the demolition was taking place.
El-Rufai has been having a running battle in the state with many APC leaders in the state which deepened the intra party conflicts in Kaduna State APC. The governor has been at loggerhead with Senator Shehu Sani from inception. El-Rufai’s unmoderated support for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019 deepens the gulf between him and Sani, as well as other APC leaders in Kaduna who are opposed to the re-election project. More so, the battle for the control of Kaduna in the preparations for the 2019 general elections continues to set El-Rufai against other APC leaders in the state.
Meanwhile, no official statement has been made by the Kaduna State Government on the demolition.