- Kaduna branch of the APC said it won't revert the suspension of Senator Shehu Sani
- The party made the statement after national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, directed that the suspension be called off
The Kaduna state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has rejected the directive of the party’s National Working Committee that the suspension of Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna central, be called off.
In a statement on Sunday, August 5, by the party’s acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, in Abuja, the Adams Oshiomhole-led NWC directed the Tudun Wada ward to lift the suspension imposed on Sani.
However, The Punch reports that the Kaduna APC, in a statement to reply the NWC said the party would not call off the suspension.
The party's assistant publicity secretary, Salisu Wusono, claimed that the constitution of the party did not give any authority to the national leadership of the party to quash decisions made at the state, local government and ward levels.
Wusono said: “Therefore, we affirm the indefinite suspension of Shehu Sani for serial indiscipline and violations of the party’s constitution, and further clarify that the constitution of our party does not bestow any powers on the national headquarters to quash the decisions of the ward, local government and state executive of the party.
“You cannot join the party at your ward level, proceed to treat the same party with the utmost contempt for three years, then delude yourself into a belief that the national headquarters can now declare you a saint, and impose you on the state party.
“The party shall support only those who uphold its substance and spirit, and it cannot condone the opportunism of people who, having used the APC to get to the Senate, began rebelling against it as soon as they got to Abuja.
“We are not a party of ‘anything goes’. The process for his suspension was initiated in December 2015 by the party executive in Ward 6, Kaduna south local government area, which suspended him for 11 months. Shehu Sani’s indiscipline, his disrespect for the APC, and the whole notion of party spirit persisted during the first suspension. Therefore, it was extended to an indefinite suspension, with the endorsement of the State Executive Committee of the party.
“Since 2015, Shehu Sani has engaged in unremitting hostility towards the APC, joining the gang-up against the party in the Senate. At the national level, the utterances in which he has ridiculed the party and President Buhari are well chronicled.
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“In Kaduna state, Shehu Sani has since July 2015 opposed everything the APC and the government it installed has tried to do.
“On security, education, law and order, and social welfare issues, he shamelessly diverged from party position with an enthusiasm and recklessness that even the opposition parties in the state did not demonstrate.
“We recall the undisguised glee with which he denied Kaduna state the $350m loan the World Bank had adjudged the state eminently qualified to access. This loan was to help improve lives by building more schools, hospitals and vital infrastructure. We cannot sit with such a renegade except he can reverse course and ensure that we get our loan, among other conditions."
Recall that NAIJ.com earlier reported that APC in Kaduna, on Thursday, August 2, announced that Shehu Sani remained suspended from the party even though he refused to defect like his colleagues recently.
The confirmation was made by the party’s chairman in the state, Emmanuel Jekada, who said Sani was on an indefinite suspension.
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