Senator Shehu Sani

Senator Shehu Sani (APC-Kaduna Central) has accused Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State and his political aide, Uba Sani, of working against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The lawmaker stated that for selfish reasons and desperation, the duo, went against the court order which he obtained to stop a parallel primary, which purportedly produced Uba Sani as a senatorial candidate.

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The Governor El-Rufai-led faction of the APC in Kaduna State had conducted a primary which produced Uba Sani as its candidate for the Kaduna central senatorial district.

Reacting, Shehu Sani’s lawyer, Awwal Marafa, said the purported primary was null and void as the court order which they got had not been vacated and cannot be vacated before October 15 when the case comes up.

According to him, evidence abounds that Uba is not an aspirant of the party since he was not cleared to contest the primary.

Marafa said official documents from the APC, signed by the National Chairman, and a statement by the Acting National Publicity Secretary does not contain Uba Sani’s name as a cleared aspirant to contest the primary.

He said: “Uba Sani rushed to the Kaduna High Court on October 3 and got a ruling to stop the Kaduna Central Senatorial primary from holding until the care is heard on October 15.

“Yet, Uba Sani and possibly Governor El-Rufai violated their court order without withdrawing the case by blackmailing and forcing the Electoral Panel to conduct the primary.

“Conducting a primary election in violation of a substantive court order renders the exercise invalid and a nullity. Uba is neither an aspirant nor a candidate because he was never cleared to contest.

“By law, Uba cannot claim to be an aspirant or a candidate by violating a substantive court order he obtained without following due process of withdrawing the case which can only happen on the 15th of October.”