The senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has left the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report.
His decision comes few days after the national body of the APC submitted the name of Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s political adviser, Uba Sani, as the candidate for that senatorial district.
Mr Sani made his resignation known in a letter to the party chairman of the APC in ward 6, Tudun wada north, Kaduna.
He confirmed the letter and its content to PREMIUM TIMES via phone Saturday afternoon.
The letter reads, “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.”
Controversies had trailed the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to grant automatic return ticket to the senator and others.
Days after the APC headquarters announced Mr Sani as its only candidate cleared to contest the Kaduna Central senatorial seat, the Kaduna State Government and its officials continue to condemn the decision, claiming it had been reversed.
Mr Sani and Mr El-Rufai have been at daggers drawn shortly after both men were elected senator and governor respectively in 2015.
Despite being of the same party, they have both attacked and cursed each other publicly including using uncouth language.
At the peak of party defections and due to the lingering crisis with his state governor, many had expected the senator to leave the APC but he was persuaded by national leaders of the party including Mr Oshiomhole not to do so.