Game of wits as el-Rufai, Sani re-strategize ahead of 2019 political war
By Gaaden Puun With all the seven local government council chairmen of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in the Kaduna Central senatorial district, adopting an indefinite expulsion of Senator Shehu Sani, the battle may be set for the "real political war" of Kaduna state in 2019. AljazirahNigeria recalls that Nasir el-Rufai, a Hausa/Fulani man from Zaria and Senator Shehu Sani, a Gbagyi human rights activist from Kaduna central have been at loggerheads following the governorship primaries of the APC in which the former won in 2014. However, the right activist's supporters, believe their leader was "robbed" of the guber ticket by the powers that be. The battle line was drawn with both camps, assembling their arsenal for a tense political battle. Comrade Shehu, as he is popularly known amongst the masses in Kaduna, had faulted both the emergence of el-Rufai and his subsequent policies. In fact, the two keep clashing on policy issues almost at any given opportunity. Of course, as the state governor, el-Rufai was able to mobilise party machineries to hand over an eleven months suspension to the lawmaker last year. Sani on his part, chided the governor for mediocrity, saying, the governor's policies were against the poor masses APC manifesto represents. The lawmaker who condemned his suspension by his party, told AljazirahNigeria recently that "el-Rufai is a dubious progressive and a bogus representation of President Muhammadu Buhari's change". " If he (the governor) represent change, then Mobutu, Batista, Kamuzu Banda also represent change". Senator Sani said "my indefinite suspension by Nasir el-Rufai through controlled, induced and misinformed self acclaimed APC executive, and the paper upon it was written is a worthless and as useless as the sanitary papers in the toilet of his official residence" Not yet done, the right activist accused the governor of looking elsewhere while the Southern Kaduna massacre escalated, kidnapping shifted to the state while it numbero uno citizen battled an individual for party supremacy. To teach him a huge political lesson, el-Rufai allegedly moved fast last November 30th, 2016, twenty four hours the expiration of the senator's six months suspension, to get the LG chairmen to dish out an indefinite expulsion. The APC chairmen of Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Giwa, Rigachukun, Kaduna north and Kaduna south respectively, forwarded a sanctioned letter to it state executives for confirmation and onward to the party's National Working Committee for final approval. AljazirahNigeria investigations reveal that the ongoing rift may not be unconnected with the permutation for the 2019 guber race in which Sani has an eye for. Governor el-Rufai, is said to have tipped his special adviser on special duties, Alhaji Uba Sani who is from the same central district as Senator Shehu Sani, for the APC ticket. By Kaduna state political zoning arrangement, the governorship slot in 2019 will purely be an affair of Kaduna central as both the north and the southern zones have ruled. The ex governor Ramalan Yaro and incumbent el-Rufai are from the South where the late governor Patrick Yakowa hails from.
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