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El Rufai wins as Shehu Sani leaves APC after losing senatorial bid

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By Cecilia Ijuo

Senator Shehu Sani (APC-Kaduna Central) has resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The lawmaker announced this in a letter addressed to the APC Chairman, Ward 6, Tudun Wada North, Kaduna State and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday.

The letter, dated Oct. 19, signed by the lawmaker and copied to the National Chairman of the party, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, however, did not state which party he would defect to.

“I present to you my highest compliments and wish by this communication to formally offer you my resignation from the APC.

” I had joined the APC and remained with it against all odds in the belief that it will constitute a veritable platform for the realisation of those democratic ideals which I hold very dear.

“I joined in the belief that honour and integrity will be the ultimate ethos of the party and most importantly, that internal democracy will always be the norm,” he said.

The lawmaker expressed disappointment over the manner in which the tenets of the party were being thwarted.

He added that, “only posterity can affirm the extent to which the APC has committed to and reflected these values.

” As I exit the APC at this point in time, I wish to formally thank the party for availing me the platform upon which I am currently serving this country.

The party’s Appeal Committee had affirmed Sen. Shehu Sani as candidate representing Kaduna Central after he was issued automatic ticket by the National Working Committee (NWC).

However, his name was substituted with Mr Uba Sani, an aide to the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-rufai.

Uba Sani, Special Adviser to Elrufai on Political Matters, was declared winner of the primary election conducted in Kaduna on Oct. 6 for the Kaduna Central Senatorial ticket, by Chairman Primary Election Committee, Matthew Iduoriyekemwen.

Sen. Shehu Sani, however, did not participate in the election because he had been offered automatic ticket by the national body of the party.

Following the election, Sen. Sani, in a statement by his Special Assistant Media, Abdulsamad Amadi, said the process was ‘illegal’.

The lawmaker had been having running battle with Gov. El-rufai on the latest development and his defection may not be unconnected to it.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had given political parties Oct. 18 as deadline for submission of candidates for the National Assembly and state houses of assembly.