APC Ward Officials Given Money To Suspend Senator Shehu Sani – Ado Sani
The All Progressive Congress (APC) chairmen forum of ward 10 in Kaduna South Local Government area of Kaduna state has alleged that the sum of 500 thousand naira was given to the Tudan Wada, (ward six) EXCOs of the party to suspend the Senator Representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, from the party.
Spokesperson of the group-cum secretary of the forum, Ado Mohammed Sani, made this known, while briefing newsmen at the National Union of Journalists Secretariat, Wednesday in Kaduna.
According to him, a meeting of the ward EXCOs was facilitated by a Senior Special Adviser on trade and investment to Governor El-Rufai, Muktar Ahmed Monrovia, in which he gave them money to carry out the so-called suspension; adding that the first suspension letter sent to senator Sani was not signed by the ward six chairman, noting also that, one of the signatories of the letter was an imposter.
He explained that, the ward EXCOs were given the money at the Polo Club in Murtala Square and are promised more; adding that, they signed the document ignorantly, thinking it was an attendance but it was a suspension letter.
He posited that, “As a way of finding solution to the matter, we the Forum of Chairmen of the local government invited Senator Shehu Sani and we had a meeting with him, where we told him we were not happy with what was going on between him and the governor; because what was happening was affecting our baby party of two years, and he gave us his side of the fracas.
“Thereafter, we invited the Senior Special Adviser on trade and investment to the governor and had a meeting with him the same day and pleaded that he arranges a meeting between us and the executive governor, and also told him all that transpired between us and the Senator who is ready for a round table discussion to address the matter.
“He promised to facilitate a meeting between the forum and the governor. On Monday, when I called him on the said meeting, he told me he was at home and promised to call; he actually called, but said the governor was out of town.
“But to our chagrin, this same person who was supposed to facilitate a meeting between us and the governor, went ahead to organize a meeting between the EXCOs of ward six Tudun Wada at Murtala Square, to be precise at Polo Club, where he gave them five hundred thousand naira and a lot of promises that they should sign a paper for him.
“Most of them that signed the paper said they did not know what they signed, and at the end of the day, we met some of these EXCOs and they said, they thought what they signed was an attendance paper.”
Sani further called on all (APC) party members in the state, irrespective of whoever they were supporting, to embrace peace and resolve their differences, because what the people expect from the elected leaders is dividends of democracy and development.
He added that, “The crises will not augur well for the party in the state. APC is not more than two years old, and because of that we are not supposed to envisage crisis. What the party needs is more of people, not expulsion, and for the promises they made to people be fulfill.”
Meanwhile, Acting Secretary of the party at the state level, Malam Pate, described the money allegation as blatant lie and an attempt to drag the state government into unnecessary verbal war.
He said, on suspension of Senator Sani, any arm of the party’s executive can suspend any member of the party who is involved in anti-party activity as stipulated in the party’s constitution, adding that the suspension remains valid.