The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has reportedly withdrawn Kaduna-South Senator Shehu Sani’s automatic ticket.
Concise News had reported October 2 that the senator was given automatic ticket alongside Suleiman Abdul Kwari and Barnabas Yusuf Bala by the Kaduna state chapter of the party.
Sani had expressed his reservations with the decision of the party in the state to adopt indirect primaries.
He had also declined to step down for other APC aspirants scrambling for the Kaduna Central ticket.
Ibrahim Usman (Sardauna Badarawa); Shamsu Shehu Giwa; Gen. Mohammed Sani Saleh; and Uba Sani, a Special Adviser to Governor Nasir el-Rufai, are the aspirants seeking Sani’s seat.
Senator Sani had also refused to defect from the ruling party, vowing to remain in the APC, irrespective of the said pressure from his colleagues.
Speaking on his automatic ticket, Sani had denied the reports that Senator Aliyu Wammako, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, and Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina intervened and pleaded for his automatic ticket.
Days after the senator was given the ticket, it now appears it has been withdrawn from the lawmaker, according to a tweet by Inside Kaduna.
Inside Kaduna tweeted: “
@ShehuSani ‘s automatic ticket withdrawn as@OfficialAPCNg NWC declares that all aspirants including @ubasanius should go test their popularity with the party delegates for the Kaduna Central Senatorial District Seat Tomorrow.”
BREAKING: @ShehuSani ‘s automatic ticket withdrawn as@OfficialAPCNg NWC declares that all aspirants including @ubasanius should go test their popularity with the party delegates for the Kaduna Central Senatorial District Seat Tomorrow #APCKadunaPrimaries pic.twitter.com/Viglrno1yy
— Inside Kaduna (@InsideKaduna_) October 4, 2018
This development comes at a time the governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai, who has been at loggerheads with the senator, met President Muhammadu Buhari.
Concise News reports that while the APC National Working Committee cleared 24 governorship candidates for the 2019 elections, the committee had yet to release the list of cleared senators for the senatorial elections next year.
But at the time of this report, Sani had yet to issue a statement regarding the withdrawal of his automatic ticket.