APC Disowns Letter Suspending Shehu Sani…As Party Breaks Into 2 Factions
The Tudun Wada Ward executives of the All Progressives Congress in Kaduna State, today dissociated themselves from Monday’s suspension of a senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, from the party. Sani was on Monday suspended for a period of 11 months by the party at Tudun Wada Ward, where he registered.
This is coming as another faction of the party has come out to lay claim to the leadership of the party in the state. Secretary of the ward, Ahmed Abdulhamid; the Public Relations Officer, Auwal MaiAnguwa and ex-officio member, Aminu Alilan, who purportedly signed the suspension letter, have alleged that their signatures were forged.
“Three people were said to have signed the suspension letter. The third person was a delegate and not an ex-officio as stated in the statement. The whole letter is forged and none of the ward executive appended his signature or is even aware of the suspension [until it was made public].
“That is why we called for a meeting today to make our positions known to the world. What happened was that we had a meeting yesterday and we did not reach any conclusion. It was on that basis that we requested him (Senator Shehu Sani) to come and explain some of the issues raised against him.
“The party shall investigate the sources of this statement because the three executives mentioned to have signed the statement have denied knowledge of it,” Abbas Mohammed, Chairman of Tudun Wada ward of the APC, said.
In the suspension letter circulated on Monday, the party said Mr. Sani’s offences were “violating the rules of engagement of the party, factionalizing the party, and engaging in anti-party activities by criticizing the policies of Governor Nasir El-Rufai.”
An aide to Mr. Sani, Suleiman Ahmed, said it was clear that those who wrote the letter were ignorant of the laws guiding the APC. He said although it was clear from the letter that the people were out to stop the senator from criticizing “the anti-people policies of the El-Rufai administration”, they would not be able to stop him from expressing his views on what affects the people.
“They are toeing the line of the state secretariat of the party, so our reaction is that those who 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 internal crisis rocking the leadership of the party in Kaduna, has however taken another dimension with the emergence of a parallel faction, claiming to be the authentic party exco in the state. It described the faction headed by Alhaji Shu’aibu idris as “kangaroo, a rubber stamp and appendage of the state government.”
Eleven members of the party executives are now occupying political offices in the state including the Deputy Governor, Architect Bala Barnabas Bantex who was the party’s Chairman before the April 11 2015 gubernatorial election.
A statement issued by Alhaji Shuaibu Danladi Wada in Kaduna today described the group chaired by Alhaji Idris, illegal and urged him to desist from parading himself as chairman henceforth.
Alhaji Wada, who claimed to have been duly elected as the State’s Deputy Chairman, said due to political differences in the party, he was not allowed to operate or perform his duties as a member of the State exco of the party, alleging that Alhaji Idris, who did not partake in the said election was imposed on the party as deputy chairman.
According to the statement, “what we are having today as APC State excos is a kangaroo, a rubber stamp and also an appendage of the state government. I want to draw the public’s attention to a purported claim by Alhaji Shu’aibu Idris parading himself as the deputy chairman as illegal, and he should henceforth desist from doing such.
“If anybody is doubting this, such a person should contact INEC to confirm who won the said election in June, 2014 and sterling Bank to know who signs APC cheques in Kaduna state. Such act is the gross violation of the party constitution.”