Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State in a leaked memo addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari had warned Mr. President of serious consequences if Senator Shehu Sani, the Senator Representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District wins a return ticket to the senate.
El-Rufai who has been having bad relationship with Senator Sani in the memo dated October 2, 2018, titled ‘Forwarding of a compendium of Shehu Sani’s denigration of President Buhari, the APC and the Governor of Kaduna State,’ said that “he (Sani) accused the government of being corrupt: ‘When it comes to fighting corruption in the National Assembly and the judiciary and in the larger Nigerian sector, the President uses insecticide, but when it comes to fighting corruption within the Presidency, they use deodorants’.’’
El-Rufai provided the activities of Mr. Sani, saying that President Buhari’s Presidency between 2019 and 2023 would certainly surfer serious attacks from the National Assembly with people like Sani.
In the memo he said; “I wish to forward to your Excellency this compendium of the serial acts of denigration and disrespect Shehu Sani has exhibited towards your person and office, our party and the government it produced in Kaduna State.
“This compendium exposes the litany of disloyalty and disrespect of Shehu Sani.
He also said that Senator Sani had accused the Federal Government of faking the abduction and release of the Dapchi Schoolgirls, El-Rufai quoted Sani to have said; ‘Since Dapchi has been turned into a Sahelian Tinsel town, then Steve Spielberg or Spike Lee or Jerry Bruckheimer of the Pirates of the Caribbean needs to visit, explore the possibility of a blockbuster’.
He added that Sani further mocked Buhari when he (Buhari) during a trip to Benue State said that the Federal Government handled the Dapchi episode better than Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan handled Chibok Schoolgirls abduction.
El-Rufai quoted Sani to have said; ‘The Spiderman, who couldn’t protect Chibok blasted by the Spiderman, who couldn’t protect Dapchi from alien invasion’.
The Kaduna State governor further noted that Senator Sani ridiculed President Buhari in April 2018 when he traveled to London, saying, ‘Voyage to London; season 3.
“In September 2017, he (Sani) derided the security operation against IPOB, saying, ‘Deadly python dance in the South-East is provocative, unnecessary and should be stopped’.
“In May 2018, he (Sani) lamented what he said was Buhari’s three years of failure to protect human lives.
“In the same month, he wrote that ‘Baba should protect his testicles from any man who always bends to greet him’.
“In a July 2018 interview with The Guardian, he (Sani) said ‘Nigerians should blame Buhari, governors for the APC crisis’.”
El-Rufai also revealed that President Buhari had directed him to recall Senator Shehu Sani earlier this year, saying that he would have heeded Buhari’s request but for the huge cost the process would require.
“Your Excellency will recall that earlier this year, you directed me to initiate processes to recall Shehu Sani from the Senate, to punish his repeated acts of contempt and disloyalty.
“The party executives in his ward in Kaduna suspended him from the APC in December 2015 for negative comments about your Excellency. It was later extended to indefinite suspension.
“Following your directives, our team in Kaduna studied what was being done in Kogi State (then) regarding the recall of Dino and drew out a budget. Upon an examination of the cost and loopholes in the recall process as brutally exposed in Dino Melaye’s case, and in recognition of the imminent preparations for the next election, it was decided that it might be more prudent to oust him at the ballot.
“We recognised that there was no way our party members in Kaduna Central will present him again for election, and therefore, concluded that rejection by the party was a more effective and less costly option.”
“Recently, we noticed unsavoury attempts at the national headquarters of the party to treat this same Shehu (Sani) as if he had been a loyal party member. The ostensible reason for the romance with this most disloyal and untrustworthy person was said to be the political arithmetic in the Senate.
“The proponents of this immoral elevation of a traitor failed to acknowledge that Shehu Sani was the loudest among the irresponsible lot that were undermining the Federal Government and threatening the APC with defection.
“When his collaborators began defecting (sic), he could not (do the same) because there was no place (for him) to go. The PDP in Kaduna State refused to guarantee him an automatic ticket. While looking for a new home, he pasted posters all over Kaduna without a party name or logo.
“The APC does not need Shehu Sani. He is the one who now needs the party he has ridiculed and rebelled against since 2015. Let no one mistake his desperation to return to the Senate as the sincere actions of a reformed person. There is no contrite man, but one engaged in practised pretence for the sake of a ticket.”
Senator Sani lost APC Kaduna Central Senatorial ticket to Uba Sani, Governor El-Rufai’s anointed candidate who was not cleared by the NWC to contest the election
Meanwhile, Senator Sani lost the APC ticket for the Kaduna Central Senatorial District conducted by delegates from the zone at the Murtala Square in Kaduna on Saturday.
Sani who got only 15 votes lost to Mallam Uba Sani, a special adviser to Governor El-Rufai, who got 2088 votes.
Senator Sani had however noted that he would not participate in what he described as a “Kangaroo election organized by the Kaduna State Government.”
The Senatorial Primary election was held despite the automatic ticket granted to Sani by the National Working Committee of the ruling party led by its National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
El-Rufai’s anointed candidate, Uba Sani, who won yesterday’s primary election, was not even cleared by the NWC to contest the election.
A Federal High Court he had approached to seek redress over his disqualification to contest the election had restraining the APC from conducting an election into the senatorial zone.
The Kaduna APC however went ahead to conduct the primary election amid tight security.
Four (4) aspirants, Uba Sani, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Sale (rtd), Shamsudeen Giwa and Ibrahim Usman, contested the seat except for Senator Sani who had ignored the election.
Prof. Eddie Floyd-Igbo, the Coordinator of APC Senate/House of Representatives Election Primary in Kaduna Central, however supervised the Saturday election, saying that he was sent from the National Headquarters of the APC to conduct the election.