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How El-Rufai plotted Shehu Sani’s removal for Kaduna Gov – APC Woman Leader

…says former Gov travelled 500 times to Abuja in favour of Uba Sani

By Tunde Opalana

A woman leader of the All Progressives Congress, AP in Kaduna State, Hajia Maryam Suleiman has alleged that the Kaduna State Governor, Uba Sani is ungrateful to his predecessor in office, Malam Nasir El-Rufai.

She said the recent face- off between the duo depicted Gov. Sani’s disloyalty to the former governor of Kaduna State, within a short time that he became the governor, describing him as ungrateful with short memory.

In a video which has gone viral in Abuja on Monday, Mrs Suleiman criticized Uba Sani and recalled how in 2019 the former governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai travelled almost 500 times to lobby the party chieftains at the APC headquarters in Abuja to ensure that Senator Shehu Sani was replaced with Uba to represent Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the 9th National Assembly.

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Meanwhile, the outburst translated from Hausa language to English language earned her a suspension from the party.

Mrs Suleiman who is popularly called Mai Rusau until her suspension was the Women leader of Badarawa/Mailali Ward of the APC in Kaduna State, said El-Rufai fought hard and took risk to remove Senator Shehu Sani out of the way for Uba who was considered loyal at the time.

In a letter dated 31st March, 2024 and signed by the Ward Chairman, Ali Maishago and Secretary, Saka Bassahuwa respectively, cited gross misconduct for criticizing governor Uba Sani and was subsequently suspended.

Part of the letter read: “The Badarawa/Mailali Ward APC Executive Committee after due deliberations and careful examination on the viral video clip released on 30th March, 2024 via Social Media network: Facebook, Watshapp, and Tiktok which is against the constitution of our dear party, APC as stated in Article 21.2(v).

“Subsequently, the party relied on defamation of character of his Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Uba Sani.

“Unauthorised Publicity of the party dispute that discredited the personalityof the Executive Governor of Kaduna State. From today, Sunday 31st March, the leadership of APC in Badarawa/Malali Ward unanimously resolved to suspend Hajiya Maryam Suleiman from the party pending further investigation on the matter from the constituted authority.”

Senator Shehu Sani who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District on Monday recalled how he was blocked by the former governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai when he attempted to return to the 9th Senate.

According to him in a statement , the governor blocked his return to the Senate because he stopped him from accessing the sum of $350 million World Bank loan when he was the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, insisting that he did that in the interest of the people of Kaduna State, as the debt handing on the State was more than revenue accruing to the State at the time.

He said: “As Senate Committee Chairman on Local and Foreign Debts in the 8th Senate, I did block El-Rufai from accessing the sum of $350 million loan after I have analysed critically the huge debt that was hanging on the State at the time. I did that out of genuine interest for the State and not out of malice, but, it became an offence, El-Rufai used against me.”

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