The feud between Senator Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central) and the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-rufai has taken a turn for the worse as the former lashed out at the latter describing him as a serial traitor who would soon betray President Muhammadu Buhari.
Sani also described El-rufai as a mole of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) planted to destabilize the All Progressives Congress (APC) by playing sycophancy to the President.
Sani’s statement is in reaction to a statement from the Kaduna State chapter of the APC to the effect that the party is considering expelling him for supporting the ongoing strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
The party’s Publicity Secretary, Salisu Wusono had said in Kaduna on Thursday, that the APC was disappointed by the conduct of the lawmaker which he described as “irresponsible.”
But in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Politics and Ideology, Ahmed Suleiman, Sani said “El-Rufai has simply destroyed APC in Kaduna State. In all states in the north people are decamping from PDP to APC except in Kaduna.”
He accused the Governor of masterminding the threat of the Kaduna state chapter of the party to expel him.
Describing himself as a strong supporter of President Buhari, the Senator disclosed that El-Rufai will soon betray the President as he had earlier done to Obasanjo.
According to the statement, “El-Rufai is a bad and rotten egg in the APC. He knelt down for Atiku to become BPE chair and later betrayed him. He knelt down for Obj to become a minister and later betrayed him. He knelt down for Buhari to be governor of which later he will betray him. Fear El-Rufai whenever he kneels down before you.
“El-Rufai was never and is still never a Buhari man but a pretender who can kneel down to anyone as long as that can propel him to power. El-Rufai is a man who had abused PMB and only aligned himself with him when Yar’adua and GEJ denied him juicy ministerial positions and recognition he craved.
“El-Rufai is a man who had spent 13 years of the 16 years of PDP in power and now claims false progressive credentials. The heart, the lungs and the “blockos” of El-Rufai are still PDP. He is an arrogant man allergic to criticism. It’s shameful that the El-Rufai, who claims to be a Buharist, still can’t publicly declare his assets like PMB.
On Sani’s vocal support of the on-going NLC strike, the statement said: “Senator Shehu Sani is one hundred percent a supporter of PMB but he is neither a sycophant nor a hypocrite who will not speak his mind when there is the need to do so.
“The press conference and threat of expulsion made by one Tanko Wusono of Kaduna APC against comrade Senator Shehu Sani for objecting to the increase in pump price of petroleum products stands unambiguously condemned. Kaduna APC as it exists today is simply an extension of El-Rufai’s government.”
The extensive statement continued: “The press conference is the hands of Jacob and the voice of Esau. The said Tanko Wusono is the special assistant to El-Rufai’s Commissioner for local government Bashir Saidu at the same time member of Kaduna internal revenue board. El-Rufai is cowardly to directly confront Sen Sani and resort to using Buhari’s name to fight his domestic battles.
“Senator Shehu Sani reserves the right to freely express his opinion and no bespectacled pigmy can stop him from doing that. The use of APC Kaduna to fight Shehu Sani by El-Rufai is a testimony to how timid and mischievous the governor is.
“The threat of expulsion of the distinguished senator by El-Rufai spokesman is nothing but the hallucinations of a barely educated ogogoro drinker. It will be interesting for the general public to know that even the so-called state headquarters of the APC is a building owned by a top PDP chieftain in the state. It will also interest the public to know that 80 percent of Kaduna state APC exco are appointed into El-Rufai government.”
It concluded: “We call on El-Rufai to stop hiding behind APC Kaduna and wearing the mask of PMB to fight his battles.”