- Kaduna APC has replied Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi over his threat to unseat Governor Nasir El-Rufai in 2019
- Hunkuyi is one of the 15 senators who defected to PDP and ADC on Tuesday, July 24
- The party said it would send the senator to his early political retirement in 2019
The Kaduna state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi should get ready for a permanent political retirement anything after 2019.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the party in reaction to a recent statement credited to the lawmaker where he boasted that he would unseat Governor El-rufai in 2019, said the lawmaker's undignified retirement would be concluded in 2019.
NAIJ.com gathered that the party in a statement signed by its assistant publicity secretary, Salisu Wusono, on Monday, July 30, said that it was not in any way shaken over Hunkuyi's defection, adding that it was his usual characteristic of boasting to unseat an incumbent governor.
"Hunkuyi boasted in 2003 that he would defeat the incumbent governor. He failed, only to hurry back to the PDP as soon as he was defeated to the surprise of the APP that had given him its governorship ticket", he said.
Wusono disclosed that after his tenure as a local government chairman, Hunkuyi, failed in every election until the APC gave him its ticket to contest the senatorial election in 2015.
“This should have prompted some humility and gratitude that the APC had made him electable. But Hunkuyi preferred to delude himself that he made the APC victorious.
Wusono observed that members of the public would remember how since 2017 Hunkuyi has boasted and promoted stories in the media that he controls the APC, and would not leave the party.
“Hunkuyi tried but failed to factionalise the APC along with his coterie of entitled elite who think that politics is solely about their own interest. He noted that the APC responded to this condemnable display of indiscipline by applying the necessary constitutional measures.
“But he needs to understand that it is Almighty God and the citizenry, that made President Buhari and Governor El-Rufai victorious, and he rode on their back to win a Senate seat, something that had eluded him for over a decade.
“We wish to counsel Hunkuyi to reflect on why he fell out with former Governor Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, former vice president Mohammed Namadi Sambo and a host of other politicians in the PDP.
“The people of Kaduna state have documented his mischievous and unprincipled politics. They are poised to retire him from politics, the statement concluded.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the senator representing Kaduna north at the National Assembly, Suleiman Hunkuyi, promised to help PDP return back to power in Kaduna state.
The senator said this while on a visit to the PDP secretariat in Kaduna on Friday, July 27, adding that he decided to join the party in line with the agreement between the R-APC and the opposition party.
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