- Sani Magaji, a former commissioner of police and aspirant for the House of Representatives says Shehu Sani forged his signature
- Magaji, in a petition to Adams Oshiomhole, denies supporting direct primaries in Kaduna state as claimed by Sani
- Yusuf Ali, a member of the House of Representatives also petitions Adams Oshiomhole over same allegation against Sani
Senator Shehu Sani representing a federal district in Kaduna, may not be having the best of times as a former police commissioner, Sani Magaji, has reportedly threatened to sue him for allegedly forging his signature.
This Day reports that Magaji, currently aspiring for a seat at the House of Representatives on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), accused Sani of including his name and forging his signature in a document purported to be an endorsement for direct primaries in Kaduna.
Magaji, who wants to represent Chikun/ Kajuru federation constituency, made the allegation in a petition to the national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
The former police boss reportedly said at no time did he sign any document in support of direct primaries.
“I wish to draw the attention of Mr Chairman and the entire leadership of our great party to the media publications spearheaded by Senator Shehu Sani, containing a purported endorsement of ‘direct primaries’ in which my name and signature were forged.
“As a retired commissioner of police, I feel disturbed by this reckless attempt to link my image and the professional integrity I have built over the years, to that dubious endorsement.
“By going as far as criminally including my name in the purported endorsement and forging my signature, Senator Shehu Sani and his collaborators have gone beyond the boundaries of law because of political desperation,” he said in the petition.
Continuing, Magaji added: “As an experienced law enforcement officer, I find this criminal act repugnant, indecent, a smear on decorum and therefore totally unacceptable.
“I would like to make it abundantly clear that, while my loyalty to the party and its leadership remains unshaken, I cannot be a part to any incriminating political gang-up against the state of my birth.
“I therefore, stand solidly behind the indirect primaries model adopted by the leadership of my great party at that level.
“I therefore categorically disown the so-called endorsement being circulated with my name on the list.
“I am aware that dragging my name and forgery of my signature were done purposely to soil my political integrity and mislead my supporters in Kaduna state.
“Mr Chairman sir, I wish to also use this opportunity to announce to the leadership of my great party, that as an aspirant conscious of his responsibility to stand by the truth, I will take Senator Shehu Sani to court.”
In another petition to Oshiomhole, Yusuf Ali, another House of Representatives member, dissociated himself from Sani’s statements purporting that he endorsed direct primaries.
Ali claimed he was not when Senator Sani compiled a list but that his name and signature were seen in it.
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“It has become imperative to set the record straight. I have not been invited nor attended any meeting called by Shehu Sani on direct primaries, yet to my greatest surprise, a list bearing my name and purported signature in support of direct primaries in Kaduna state APC is in circulation," Ali alleged.
Sani’s senior special adviser on politics, Suleiman Ahmed, reportedly dismissed the allegations and said the aspirants supporting indirect primaries are cowards looking for patronage from the state governor.
“Senator Sani is too big to forge anybody’s signature” he said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported Senator Shehu Sani (APC- Kaduna Central) recently 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.
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