The senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial zone, Senator Shehu Sani, was suspended yesterday from the All Progressives Congress (APC) by his Tudun Wada ward of the party in Kaduna State.
The ward chapter of the party in a letter dated December 27, 2015 and addressed to the senator, said the suspension will last for a period of eleven months.
The letter also added that henceforth Sani is disengaged from partaking in or attending APC activities in Kaduna State.
The letter was signed by the ward secretary of the party, Ahmed Abdulhamid, the Public Relations Officer, Auwal Mai Anguwa and an ex-officio member, Aminu Alilan.
The letter listed Sani’s offences to include, uttering statements that allegedly violate the rules of engagement of the party, factionalising the party, and engaging in anti-party activities by criticising the policies of Governor Nasir ElRufai.
“Hardly a week passes by without his group being on air to criticise and challenge the enduring legacies of Mallam Nasir ElRufai, that his statement on national issues is not in conformity with that of the state government.”
However, while reacting to the suspension, a political aide of the senator said it was clear that those who wrote the letter were ignorant of the laws guiding the APC.
He noted that although it was clear from the letter that some people were out to stop the senator from voicing out his views about what he considers as the anti-people policies of the El-Rufai administration, that it will not stop him from expressing his views when he feels the policies are not for the good of the people of the state.
“They are toeing the line of the state secretariat of the party, so our reaction is that those that wrote this letter are ignorant of the party’s constitution and they are dancing to the tune of the state executive of the party and Governor Nasir El-Rufai,” he said.
The leadership of the APC in the state had recently summoned Sani to appear before its disciplinary committee within seven days to clear himself of what the party termed as his “anti-party stand.”
The state arm of the APC was said to have been irked by Sani’s comments on President Mohammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade. He was reported to have said that Buhari’s war on corruption was selective.
Sani however reportedly refused to honour the invitation to appear before the disciplinary committee on the grounds that the APC in Kaduna state had lost its footing since it did not have any recognisable leadership, maintaining that some people were “acting the script of the state government.”