Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central senatorial zone was suspended by the Tudun Wada ward of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna state on Monday, December 28.
Premium Times reports that the senator was suspended for 11 months and was also banned from engaging in party activities in the state during this period.
In a letter to Sani dated December 27, the APC listed the senator’s offences, which included making statements that allegedly “violate 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.”
The letter was signed by Ahmed Abdulhamid, the secretary of the ward, Auwal Mai Anguwa, the public relations officer, and Aminu Alilan, an ex-officio member.
“Hardly a week passes by that his group will not be on air criticizing and challenging the enduring legacies of Mallam Nasir ElRufai, that his statement on national issues is not in conformity with that of the state government and government of Kaduna state,” the letter read in part.
Reacting to the suspension, Suleiman Ahmed, the senator’s aide, noted that those who wrote the letter want to stop Sani from voicing his views about what he considers the anti-people policies of El-Rufai’s administration.
“They are toeing the line of the state secretariat of the party.
“So our reaction is that those that 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,” Ahmed added.
Sani has always been very outspoken over some of Governor El-Rufai’s policies. A few weeks ago, the senator condemned the Kaduna carnival organised by the state government, accusing the governor of being insensitive to the plight of local people by organising a music festival when the state and the country face economic and security challenges.
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