The Kaduna State chapter of the All Progressives Congress on Wednesday insisted that the suspension of the Senator representing Kaduna Central Zone, Shehu Sani, from the party for 11 months remained in force.
The National Vice Chairman (North-West) of the party, Inuwa Abdulkadir, had on Monday declared the suspension of the senator as invalid, saying it did not follow due process.
But the Kaduna State APC on Wednesday dismissed his verdict.
Addressing a press conference in Kaduna, the spokesman of the APC in the state, Salisu Wusono, accused Mr. Abdulkadir of acting without the consent of the national leadership of the party, and contrary to Section 21 of the party’s constitution.
Mr. Wusono argued that the national vice chairman’s action was a deliberate attempt to ridicule the party for his personal interest.
He said, “The 11-month suspension slammed on Shehu Sani by the Kaduna State APC stands. Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir does not have the power to lift the suspension, and was acting on his own without any authorization by the national leadership of the party.
“What happened on Monday in Kaduna between Abdulkadir and the so-called APC chieftains was an abuse of his office in promoting the narrow agenda of people who have never been interested in the progress and success of the APC.
“Can a Senator in Inuwa Abdulkadir’s Sokoto State abuse and denigrate party leadership without being disciplined? Take this from us, the national leadership of the APC, President Buhari and his Vice- President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and other leaders of the APC are aware of Shehu Sani’s anti-party activities and his involvement in plots to undermine the APC governments at the federal and state levels.
“Shehu Sani is only wasting his time, running from pillar to pillar. He is like a crocodile in a dry river. Senator Shehu Sani stands suspended from participating in all APC activities in the state. Why is he not attending President Buhari and Vice President Osibajo’s functions in Kaduna? Why is he not participating in our activities? Why is it that the PDP senator from Southern Kaduna attends critical state functions and not him? All the 11 APC lawmakers in House of Reps from the state are loyal to our leadership. All the 28 APC lawmakers in the Kaduna State House of Assembly are standing by the party and its government.
“Shehu Sani has chosen to be on his own, and the APC cannot tolerate his acute irresponsibility and his lack of any appreciation of disciplined political conduct and party discipline.
“There is difference between grandstanding and genuine representation. Kaduna Central, which elected him to the Senate, is one of the most populous senatorial districts in the country with a lot of complexity and dynamism.
“Rather than representing them well, he is consumed by his penchant for popularity shows, and irresponsible comments like someone who has reduced his duty into a perpetual ego trip.”
The APC spokesman accused Mr. Sani and his group of trying to use the back door to get back to the party after failing in their attempts to destroy the party in the state.