- Kadun state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, says Senator Shehu Sani's re-election bid lies in the hands of the APC delegates in the state
- Sani is the senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district
- El-Rufai says it is up to the delegates to vote for Sani or vote for other candidates
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has said that the fate of Senator Shehu Sani, (APC-Kaduna Central) lies in hands of the party delegates in the state and not in his hand as the governor.
El-Rufai, who spoke with State House correspondents shortly after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, October 5, in the Presidential Villa, said that the president was a democrat, who would not support imposition, NAN reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that a Kaduna state high court had on Wednesday, October 3, restrained the All Progressives Congress (APC) from conducting the primary to select the party’s candidate for the Kaduna Central senatorial district.
The court ruled on an ex-parte motion brought by Uba Sani, a senatorial aspirant, against the APC for excluding him from the contest scheduled for Tuesday, October 2, but later moved to Wednesday, October 3.
Sani went to court following the release of the names of senatorial aspirants in Kaduna on Tuesday by the APC, which indicated that the incumbent senator, Shehu Sani, was returned unopposed for the Kaduna Central contest.
The court ordered the APC, its chairman Adams Oshiomhole, the Independent National Electoral Commission and Senator Shehu Sani to maintain the status-quo prior to October 2, when the APC excluded Uba Sani and other aspirants from the contest.
El-Rufai said: “The president restated his position that he is a democrat; a product of elections and he has never encouraged non election.
“He has never supported imposition and he has never asked anyone to grant anybody automatic tickets; the position was restated yesterday to the progressive governors forum and he told me this and said he will take necessary steps to communicate this very clearly to the party leadership.
“It is not me; I only have one vote as the governor of the state; it is up to the delegates in the Kaduna state APC to vote for Shehu Sani or vote for other candidates but what democracy said is that every person should be given a chance to contest.
“Shehu Sani has done things against the interest of the people of Kaduna state and it is time for him to explain why he did what he did and ask the delegates to vote for him but to avoid facing the consequences of your actions by getting what is called automatic ticket is a recipe to losing the election to other parties."
El-Rufai expressed optimism that the party would meet the INEC deadline for conduct of primaries provided that it came up with a list that did not reasonably exclude the contestants.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, senator Shehu Sani, on Thursday, July 26, declared that he remained a member of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).
The senator said this while fielding questions from journalists at the APC national secretariat after a meeting with the party’s national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
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