Tue, Oct 03, 2023

Sani, el-Rufai's war of words takes a dangerous turn

Sani, el-Rufai's war of words takes a dangerous turn

The increasing verbal altercation between the lawmaker representing Kaduna-Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani and the state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, has taken a frightening dimension. Sani warned that the governor should be held responsible for whatever happens to him as gunmen attacked his constituency office on Saturday.

Sani, who was recently suspended from his party, the All Progressives Congress, had been on warpath with the el-Rufai.

The senator, in a Facebook post on Saturday shortly after the attack, alleged that the hoodlums had been traced to el-Rufai.

The post read, “Some few minutes ago, I received a report that some armed thugs raided and attacked my constituency office located at Stadium Roundabout by Constitution Road, Kaduna. They unleashed terror on my social media team, who were meeting in the office. They vandalised the office.

“We have information that the thugs were fully recruited and paid by political appointees of Nasiru el-Rufai. We have the names of the political appointees and we have the names of those they are funding. Right now, their details have been given to the Department of State Services and the police for investigation.

“Two days ago, an attempt to burn my family house in Alkalawa Road, Tudun Wada, Kaduna, by sponsored thugs, was thwarted by vigilant residents and neighbours, which led to the brief deployment of policemen in the area.

“I wish to state categorically clear that I hold Governor Nasiru el-Rufai personally responsible for whatever happens to me or any of my family members or supporters. After the use of financial inducement on APC executive in the state to silence Shehu Sani in the name of suspension, which never worked, they have now taken the road of violence.”

The governor who reacted through his Special Adviser on Political Matters, Uba Sani, on Saturday, warned Sani “to stop his political tantrums and grow up, or at least try to match the dignity, refinement and decorum expected of a senator.”

He also said “the lawmaker has reached the career limit that chicanery and thuggery can facilitate.”

He added, “It has become imperative to set the record straight. Everyone knows that it is Shehu Sani that has spent 18 months attacking the governor personally and opposing every government policy. The government has ignored his tantrums, while the party has acted to uphold discipline. Shehu Sani should keep the government out of his woes.”


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