- Senator Shehu Sani says he chose to remain in the APC because of the intervention of President Buhari and the national leadership of the party
- He urged all aggrieved members of the APC in the National Assembly to put aside parochial interests and join hands with the party in promoting national interest
- Sani also said he was not so keen about automatic ticket; but that the party had pledged to reward loyalty
Senator Shehu Sani (APC- Kaduna Central) has stated that his decision to remain in the ruling party was not because his grievances against the party leadership in Kaduna state had been addressed, but due to the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari and the national leadership of the party.
Sani made the disclosure during a Sallah visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina state on Thursday, August 23, NAN reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that the senator called on all aggrieved members of the APC in the National Assembly to put aside parochial interests and join hands with the party in promoting national interest for the general good of all citizens.
“Well, there is no human being without any grievances but when national interest is put at the front side you have to put aside other parochial interests.
“What we need to do as politicians and as people representing those who elected us is to always put the country first and know very well that we have both constitutional and moral duty to work to the progress of Nigeria and of this government.
“So, I think these are the basic issues which we discussed. Grievances are natural, but we have to know that we have a country that we need to keep and also we have a country that we need to support, so that it can progress," he added.
On whether he has been assured of automatic ticket to seek re-election in 2019, Sani said even he was not so keen about automatic ticket, but that the party had pledged to reward loyalty. He, however, stressed that while rewarding members for their loyalty to the party, due process must be followed.
“I think the party had made it very clear and known to each and every person that there will be reward for loyalty; but in every sense of the word, due process of the party needs to be followed
“And as far as we are concerned, what matters most to us is not simply about automatic ticket but about the peaceful and transparent conduct of the 2019 election and also the very need for us as a people and as a nation to know that the fate of the country is on our hands.
“There is the need for us to keep aside all sectional, ethnic and religious differences for the progress of this country and going by the very fact that the president has intervened and chairman of the party has intervened, all family squabbles would certainly come to an end," he said.
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that Senator Shehu Sani threatened to dump the APC over its alleged inability to address the internal crisis rocking the party in the past three years.
The lawmaker said the various congresses were held on a very shaky foundation because there was no reconciliation and peace among aggrieved members.
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