By; ABDULL-AZEEZ AHMED KADIR, Kaduna.
The All Progressive Congress, APC executive members of Tudun Wada North Ward 6 Kaduna South Local Government Area has accused aides of the state governor Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-rufai of bribing some of their members with three million Maura to expel Senator Shehu Sani from the party.
Addressing a press conference in Kaduna Sunday, the ward chairman of the party, Abbas Mohammed Anni said they decided to bring to the notice of the public “moves by some unscrupulous elements acting on the orders of the State Governor and his cronies, to create rancor and disaffection within the APC in Kaduna State”.
According to him “We have been reliably informed that the political advisers to the State Governor held a closed door meeting with few members of this Exco and bribed them with the sum of Three Million Naira (N3,000,000.00) just to engineer the expulsion of one of our most illustrious leader in person of Sen. Shehu Sani. It is very unfortunate that this ugly move is propping up again after the disgraceful episode of a Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000.00) bribe that was purportedly given by the same set of people to instigate the alleged suspension of Sen. Shehu Sani about a year ago.
“At this point in time when our state is faced with unprecedented cases of kidnapping, armed banditry in Birnin Gwari, Wanton killings that could be likened to a genocide in the Southern parts of the State, it is expected that our governor should have channeled state resources into curbing these menace, instead of wasting money and valuable time on fighting imaginary enemies. It is now over a year and half since the inception of the Buhari led government, states with focused leadership have commissioned numerous developmental projects, it saddens our hearts that our state Kaduna cannot boast of even a single project that was completed and commissioned under its present leadership. Instead the government has only succeeded in throwing the APC in Kaduna State into turmoil.
“But he emphasized that “NOBODY can bulldoze or entice us to make the suicidal move of expelling Sen. Shehu Sani who is the most visible and most performing elected officer in Kaduna State from APC. We have 23 Local Government Areas and about 280 ward councils in Kaduna state. For the State Government to single out Tudun Wada North Ward 6 for financial inducements is very laughable as we have outgrown the era of “Ghana must go” politics”.
“Let me make it unequivocally clear that we are solidly with Sen. Shehu Sani not only because he is our son, also for his outstanding performance since being elected as a Senator. We will match word for word and action for action all moves that are aimed at distracting or deterring him from continuing his magnificent work in the National Assembly and Kaduna State.Consequently, we call on the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, the North West Zonal Chairman Alh. Inuwa Abdulkadir, the APC North West Reconciliation Committee Chairman Alh. Aminu Bello Masari and all well meaning Nigerians to act fast before the Kaduna State Governor and his cronies destroy APC in Kaduna State. We cannot sit and watch while some few individuals destroy our collective efforts all in a bid to actualize their selfish political ambitions”.
He called on the EFCC and other anti-graft agencies to look into the bribery allegations asserting that the silence and in-action over the first Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000.00) bribery allegation is “what gave them the courage and audacity to come up with a bigger bribe of Three Million Naira (N3,000,000.00) this time around. We believe the intervention of the EFCC into this bribery allegation will be a further testimony of the Buhari led administrations fight against corruption and deter other from further acts of such criminality.”
But in a swift reaction, Awwal Abdulhamid Garba who said he is Secretary of the Ward denied the allegation and threatened to take the chairman to court for defamation of character along with other executives of ward.
Garba said Anni has decided to take side in the political conflict between Governor el-rufai and Senator Sani. He claimed Anni enjoyed the patronage of the Senator.He claimed that the first time the allegation of bribery to expelled the Senator was leveled against them by the same Anni, they wanted to take legal action but were discouraged by the Ward Head. This time around, nothing would stop them he said.
By; ABDULL-AZEEZ AHMED KADIR, Kaduna.