- A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has issued a 6-month suspension to Governor Nasir El-Rufai
- The faction said the suspension came as a result of the governor's refusal to reply a query letter issued to him earlier
- It also claimed that the governor was not willing and ready for reconciliation between himself and the party
The faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna state which issued a query to Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Thursday, February 15, has suspended the governor for six months.
This was due to the fear expressed by party stakeholders that the presidential reconciliation committee led by the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, may fail in Kaduna state, if El-Rufai refuses to admit his faults, Leadership reports.
The chairman of the faction who claimed to be the true leader of the party recognised by its national secretariat, Danladi Wada, said that El-Rufai was suspended because of his failure to respond to the query earlier issued to him.
In his address to newsmen at the 11B Sambo road parallel office of the party on Sunday, February 18, Wada said the failure of the governor to respond to the query forced the state working committee to suspend him.
He said: “Gentlemen of the press. I welcome you to this important press briefing in the history of APC in Kaduna State. This briefing is sequel to 48 hours ultimatum/query and warning issued to the state governor to explain and defend himself against the allegations leveled against him which he failed to respond to.
Wada further stated: “The State Working Committee on Saturday 17, February 2018, convened and resolved to consider and to rectify the findings and recommendations of the Disciplinary Committee and the Fact Finding Committee put before it in accordance with the provision of article 21(B) section 3 of the APC constitution and accordingly, the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai stands suspended for six months from the APC, commencing from 17, February, 2018.”
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Mataimaki Tom-Maiyashi, the convener of the stakeholder meeting, Mataimaki Tom-Maiyashi remarked that the governor’s actions did not suggest any readiness for genuine reconciliation.
Maiyashi therefore warned that if genuine reconciliation is not achieved, other political parties may use the weakness of the APC for electoral advantages in the state. He said: “The Stakeholders welcome the initiatives to settle major issues dividing and weakening the party.”
"The real reconciliation will only be achieved if justice and the willingness to take difficult decisions are upheld. Stakeholders observed that, in Kaduna state at least, the postures and actions of the governor, Nasir el-Rufai, and his associates do not suggest the willingness to submit to genuine reconciliation.
“All suspensions by persons other than those led by the acting chairman of the party, Alhaji Danladi Wada are exercises in futility, null and void. The acting chairman should exercise his full powers and conclude disciplinary actions against all members, no matter their positions in the party.”
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that there was fresh crisis as the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna state, on Friday, February 16, suspended the senator representing Kaduna north, Suleiman Hunkuyi, and 27 other party members over alleged anti-party activities.
According to the allegations brought against Hunkuyi, he was part of a parallel APC that opened another office of the party in the state.
NAIJ.com gathered that the same Hunkuyi faction also queried Governor Nasir el-Rufai and suspended three of his aides.
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