By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna APC juggernauts, Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central Senatorial zone, and the Governor of Kaduna state, Mal. Nasir el-Rufai, have again open another chapter of war-of-words with each other over consistent plots allegedly initiated by el-Rufai ‘foot soldiers’ to recall the Senator back from National Assembly.
In a swift reaction, on Monday, to the press conference addressed by group under the umbrella of “Concerned Indigenes of Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone,” for his recall process, Senator Sani described the group behind the move as amorphous and fake groups, who “are nothing but Governor Nasiru el-Rufai’s errand boys doing his bidding in the hope that it will buy him peace of mind.”
The Senator, who spoke through his Special Adviser, Political and Ideology, Comrade Suleiman Ahmed, at the NUJ Kaduna Monday, said “they sponsored goons, rabble rousers and el-Rufai’s ‘foot soldiers’ to distract the Senator and make noise.”
Also in a statement issued, signed and made available to Journalists in Kaduna Monday, Senator Sani’s Adviser stated that eL-Rufai is a coward, who is afraid of Senator Shehu Sani, in the upcoming 2019 election and is now resorting to recall through his boys.
“The attention of the distinguished senator has been drawn to a ‘press conference’ in a Hotel organized by a group without a valid office address.
The group reportedly claim they are working towards a recall of distinguish Senator Shehu Sani.
“These amorphous and fake groups are nothing but Governor Nasiru el-Rufai’s errand boys doing his bidding in the hope that it will buy him peace of mind. They sponsored goons, rabble rousers and el-Rufai’s ‘foot soldiers’ set to distract the senator and make noise.
“eL-Rufai is a coward, who is afraid of Senator Shehu Sani in the upcoming 2019 election and is now resorting to recall through his boys.
“For close to 3 years, Governor el-Rufai has been using these sorts of fake groups to fight his cause, and all have failed.
“Governor eL-Rufai has created jobs among youths in thuggery and fake press conferences.
What were they doing to think of recall in less than a year to general elections; where have they been since?” the statement added, urging Mr eL-Rufai to stop hiding behind fake groups and wait for 2019.
Earlier, group under the umbrella of “Concerned Indigenes of Kaduna Central Senatorial,” who described Senator Sani as a rogue senator and a man, who made his way through deceit, blackmail and subterfuge, while hiding behind a veneer of human rights activism, said it is prepared to initiate a recall process of the Senator representing Kaduna Central, Comrade Shehu Sani.
Leader of the group, Aliyu Saidu, Rigachikun, who addressed the press on behalf of Concerned Indigenes of Kaduna Central Senatorial District, gave reasons for recalling Sani for his constant criticisms against President Muhammadu Buhari and Kaduna State governor, Mal. Nasir eL-Rufai.
A press conference, addressed by anti-Sani, also state that “This all important media briefing intended to highlight and address certain crucial issues, which directly affect the good people of Kaduna central senatorial district and, by extension, the entire good people of Kaduna State under the auspices of Concerned Indigenes of Kaduna Central Senatorial District.
“I will like to begin this address by drawing your attention to the fact that I was at the heart of Senator Shehu Sani’s campaign machinery in my capacity as Deputy Director-General of his campaign team. All of us were major stakeholders in the President Buhari’s project as bonafide indigenes of Kaduna State.
“In 2015, after two successive political misadventures, the Central finally gave Senator Shehu Sani chance to represent them at the Nigerian senate, at a time the Buhari-led wind of change was sweeping across Nigeria. Prior to that, Senator Shehu Sani was a political nonentity, who was roundly defeated in his two previous outings.
“Given the assurances that having the incorruptible President Buhari at the center will moderate the behavior of the political class, our people took the political risk of sending Senator Shehu Sani to the senate; as it turned out, Senator Shehu Sani will come back to bite the fingers that fed him.
“His first assignment as a senator was to ridicule the president’s wife during inauguration and will later conspire against the President and the party in the National Assembly leadership elections; and in doing so, becoming a prominent figure in a senate that is committed to undermining every honest effort of the Buhari administration, against the will of his constituents.
Those, who know Senator Shehu Sani are not surprised by this turn of events, knowing the rogue senator as a man, who made his way through deceit, blackmail and subterfuge, while hiding behind a veneer of human rights activism.
“What is surprising is that, instead of investing his legislative resources and privileges towards deepening our legislative culture and uplifting the conditions of his constituents, he becomes the foster boy of President Buhari’s enemies, always amplifying the challenges we are facing, while ignoring the many progress the Buhari-led administration is making, in order to portray the government as incompetent and clueless.
“We, in Kaduna Central, will understand if Senator Shehu Sani restricts his diatribe against Governor eL-Rufai, considering the senator’s blind antagonism towards his state governor. The governor has so far responded to Senator Shehu Sani’s insults with stoic silence, never allowing himself to be distracted as he put Kaduna State firmly on the path to sustainable progress and long-term prosperity.
“By working against the president and identifying with the enemies of the Buhari administration, Senator Shehu Sani has not only betrayed his constituents, he has declared war on them. Because we, the people of Kaduna Central, unanimously support President Buhari in his effort to fix the economy, corruption and insecurity, we sent Senator Shehu Sani to the senate to work towards the success of the Buhari government and not work in direct opposition to it.
“Senator Shehu Sani’s political behavior and performance so far are in direct contradiction to the yearnings and aspirations of our people, with nothing to show for, except social media posts insulting the president and cheering his enemies. By his actions, the rogue senator has caused more damage to the president and our great party, and his actions have harmed our collective interest as a senatorial district.
“It is regrettable that the party has failed to call Senator Shehu Sani to order for his open belligerence against the government and our great party. No individual, no matter how highly positioned, is above the party. We therefore call on the party to initiate disciplinary action against the rogue senator, because allowing this madness to go unpunished will only embolden other rebels.
“We, the people of Kaduna Central, cannot afford to wait till 2019. We are ready to correct this anomaly through recall. We hereby inform the world that we shall be exercising our available constitutional options by initiating a recall process against
Senator Shehu Sani. This will send a strong message that the people of Kaduna Central will never again entrust their destiny in the hands of any representative, who is willing to ignore their needs, in order to appease to a political godfather elsewhere.
“As law abiding citizens aware of our own rights, we are ready to pursue this recall process with relentless commitment. Senator Shehu Sani has nothing to fear except his own record. For three years he has conspired with the enemies of his people, his party and president, while pandering to a corrupt cabal, who are holding our country to ransom; and for three years the people of Kaduna Central have been suffering under his utterly incompetent and scandalous representation at the senate.
“We, the people of Kaduna Central, are saying enough is enough. Senator Shehu Sani’s three years in the Senate have been nothing but betrayal and a crime against our people. This recall process will proceed apace. There is no quitting, no giving up and surrendering until we restore our Kaduna central, the kind of representation it deserves.”