By; AMOS MATHEW, Kaduna
All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Kaduna State, Hon. Sani Mohammed Sha’aban has knocked Governor Nasir el-Rufai for the alleged pronouncement of Senator Uba Sani as the party’s consensus candidate.
Hon. Sha’aban who is a keen contender for the governorship ticket of the ruling party in Kaduna, condemned in totality the action of Governor el-Rufai.
Hon. Sha’aban who has been in the race as the governorship candidate of the defunct All Nigerian People’s Party (ANPP) in 2007 and that of ACN in 2011 before the ANPP, ACN and CPC collapsed to become the APC in 2015 general elections, said anything shot of primaries will be rejected by him and his supporters.
The governorship hopeful, made it known in Kaduna, while addressing journalists, adding that the proper thing must be done to give a level playing ground for all the aspirants to test their popularity.
Hon. Sha’aban, who was a former member House of Representatives, maintained that, it is an insult on his personality being the first to purchase the governorship form not to be consulted before such position was reached only for him to read it on the pages of dailies that the governor has anointed Senator Sani as APC consensus candidate.
According to him, APC came to power in 2015 and 2019 through democratic process and has enjoyed goodwill of members, hence the party must not deviate from such democratic norms if it must continue to enjoy goodwill not only from members of the party, but Nigerians in general.
“We receive the news of the endorsement of Senator Uba Sani as consensus candidate by Governor Nasir el-Rufai with mixed feelings, because as a founding member of the APC and the first governorship aspirant to purchase the form, I was not contacted on any consensus arrangements which I consider an insult on my person.
” Consensus is undemocratic because democracy is about people and number except if the present administration is not concerned about the success of the party in Kaduna State, otherwise the spirit of success of making APC a dynamic party should be respected.
“Government is about fairness, justice and addressing the yearning of the people. APC should be a uniting government and not a divisive government stampeding on the weak. Today, religion has divided us as a people in Kaduna State”.
He therefore, reiterated that, his aspiration is among other reasons to give people a sense of belonging and to render selfless service and better the lots of the good people of Kaduna State, stressing, “Nigeria is not under a military dictatorship but democracy, but am sorry to say that that is not the case in Kaduna State because consensus is being used to deceive people in Kaduna State.
” So, all am saying is that, we reject in totality any consensus arrangements, it is an attempt to render all delegates useless which is against democratic process, I also wish to make it clear that I cannot be rubbished, because if you rubbish me I will rubbish you, democratic process must be followed and respected, all those who purchased form must be allowed to go for primaries” he stressed.