The crisis rocking the Kaduna State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) deepened yesterday as the chapter insisted that the 11-month suspension it handed the senator representing Kaduna central district, Shehu Sani, is in force.
The National Vice Chairman (Northwest) of the party, Inuwa Abdulkadir, said on Monday that the suspension of Senator Sani by the Tudun Wada ward exco of the APC, which was upheld by the Kaduna APC, was invalid.
But the APC state executive yesterday dismissed the decision, saying Abdulkadir acted without the consent of the national leadership and contrary to Section 21 of the party’s constitution.
Addressing a news conference in Kaduna, the spokesman of the APC in Kaduna, Salisu Tanko Wusono, said the national vice chairman’s action was a deliberate attempt to ridicule the party for his personal interest.
Wusono said: “The 11-month suspension given Sani by the Kaduna APC stands. Abdulkadir does not have the power to lift the suspension, and acted on his own without authorisation by the national leadership of the party.
“What happened on Monday in Kaduna between Abdulkadir and the so-called APC chieftains was an abuse of his office, as he promoted the narrow agenda of the people who have never been interested in the progress of the APC”.
He further accused Abdulkadir of embarrassing the national leadership and membership of the party through his conduct.
According to him: “Can a senator in Inuwa, Sokoto, Abdulkadir’s state, abuse and denigrate the party’s leadership without being disciplined? Take this from us, the national leadership of the APC, President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and others, are aware of Sani’s anti-party activities and involvement in a plot to undermine the APC government at the federal and state levels.
“Sani is only wasting his time, running from pillar to post; he is like a crocodile in a dry river. He stands suspended from participating in APC’s activities in the state. Why is he not attending President Buhari’s and Vice-President Osibanjo’s functions in Kaduna? Why is he not participating in our activities? Why is it that the PDP senator from Kaduna South attends state functions and not him? The 11 APC lawmakers in the House of Representatives from the state are loyal to our leadership. The 28 APC legislators in the House of Assembly are supporting the party and its government. Sani has chosen to be on his own, and the APC cannot tolerate his irresponsibility.
“There is a difference between grandstanding and genuine representation. Kaduna Central, which elected him to the Senate, is one of the most populous senatorial districts with a lot of complexity and dynamism. Rather than represent them well, he is consumed by his penchant for popularity shows and irresponsible comments”.
The Kaduna APC spokesman said Senator Sani and his group tried to use the backdoor to get back to the party, having realised their failure to destroy it.