The Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani has taken a swipe at Governor Nasir El-Rufai, accusing him of working against the All Progressives Congress (APC). His comment is coming few days after El-Rufai attempted to deny him automatic ticket approved by the National Working Committee of the APC by conducting a primary election that produced another candidate.
The Governor also released a letter addressed to the President, where he compiled Senator Sani's acts, suggestive of disloyalty to both the party and the President. He had also claimed that the President urged him to facilitate Sani's recall from the Senate, a claim the president had since debunked.
Speaking, Sani's lawyer, Awwal Marafa described the primary conducted by El-Rufai as null and void as the court order which they obtained, barring any conduct of primary in the Senatorial District had not be vacated.
He was quoted by Dailypost as saying
“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.
“By the party constitution, Uba Sani stands automatically expelled from the party for taking the national chairman and the party to court without exploring the internal mechanism for resolution.
“The result sheet of the primaries conducted by the panel in violation of the party’s standing rules and in violation of a subsisting court order is a nullity”.