The reelection bid of President Muhammadu Buhari has been rocked following the resignation of Senator Shehu Sani, which means there are no more Senators from Kaduna on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Kaduna is considered a stronghold APC state since the party polled a massive 1,127,760 votes in the 2015 presidential elections while its closest opposition in the race, Peoples Democratic Party had 484,085 votes in comparison.
As if that is not enough, the party’s governorship candidate in the 2015 gubernatorial elections, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, won by a landslide. El Rufai, who is a former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), won the gubernatorial election in Kaduna state by a landslide based on 80% results from polling units across the state.
The diminutive former minister defeated the incumbent governor of Kaduna state, Ramalan Yero, by a wide margin in most of the 23 local government areas of the state.
Election results released by INEC showed that El Rufai polled 725,293 votes as opposed to Yero’s 242,392.
Shehu Sani’s resignation from the APC comes after he was involved in a battle with both the leadership of the party and El Rufai over his reelection bid into the Senate.
Shehu, who represents Kaduna Central in the Senate, was denied an automatic ticket in favour of Uba Sani, El Rufai’s political adviser, whose name was sentto the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) instead.
Sani, who wrote the letter to the Chairman of the party in his State, thanked the party for giving him the platform upon which he was currently serving the country as well as formally resigning.
It is not clear whether the outspoken Senator will be aligning himself with another political party at the moment.
Here’s some part of the letter:
“I present to you my highest compliments and wish by this communication to formally offer to you my resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“l had joined the APC and remained with it against all odds in the belief that it will constitute a veritable platform for the realization of those democratic ideals which I hold very dear, that honor and integrity will be the ultimate ethos of the patty and, most importantly, that internal party democracy will always be the norm.
However, 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 in the honoured capacity of Senator of the Federal Republic.
“I wish the party well in all her future endeavors and ask sir, that you please accept the assurance of my highest considerations.”
Shehu Sani’s resignation now means the APC has no serving Senators running on its platform in Kaduna State.
The other two Senators from the state are Alhaji Suleiman Hunkuyi, who is representing Kaduna North, and Danjuma La’ah, who represents Kaduna South. They are both members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).