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APC Governors Have No Respect for Buhari – Shehu Sani

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Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central, has said governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have no respect for President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a recent interview, the senator who recently dumped the APC for the Peoples’ Redemption Party (PRP), said the national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, tried to redeem his pledge of automatic tickets for federal lawmakers in the ruling party but the pressure and the force against it was stronger.

Commenting on the crisis which forced him out of the APC, the senator said the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, tried his best to resolve it did not achieve much because he is not from the north.

He said: “I must be very frank with you, Tinubu has done his best but there is a limit to what he can do. He isn’t from the North and has a lot of issues to attend to but what was very clear, I won’t rain insults on the president or chairman of the party, but what I would say is that their weaknesses, their vulnerability, their failures have been evident in the very sense that they were helpless in the face of firepower by the state governors.”

According to him, Buhari and Oshiomhole have become weak and helpless in the face of firepower by the state governors. He added that there were invisible forces within the party and government.

"Well, if you look at his attitude to governance and his philosophy of being for everybody and nobody has led the party to nowhere and it is also leading the party to nowhere. If you are a leader you cannot preside over a nation by body language or side language. You have to take decisions, you have to be decisive. You don’t also have to depend on the decisions of others but you can consult others for the decisions which you are going to take.

“The governors under the APC today don’t respect President Buhari, they have no respect for him and they don’t share what his philosophy is all about. All they care about is themselves.

“While the chairman of the party sees the need to preserve the loyal band within the party, the governors don’t see the need for it. They want to plant their stooges. As far as I am concerned, the seat that I occupy, the Kaduna Central senatorial seat, Nasir El Rufai is putting a stooge there to keep the place for him so that after he is out of government, he can also be a senator. The governors see senatorial seats as places they should preserve for their future and that’s why you find some people going to the National Assembly without standing up to do their work as parliamentarians, because they were there standing in for somebody," he said.

The senator added that his new party, the PRP, is his home because it was a party founded on socialist’s revolutionary ideas and on the thoughts and vision of Mallam Aminu Kano.

So, it has been a party that has maintained honour and integrity; it is a party founded on principles and not interests. It isn’t a merger where people come from left, right, centre and then merged— the strange bedfellows that the APC has proven to be,” he concluded.

Shehu Sani had resigned from the party in protest on Saturday, October 20, due to his inability to secure the ticket of the APC for the 2019 elections despite assurances from the national working committee of the party. He joined the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).

He had announced his withdrawal from APC in a statement issued by his media aide, Abdulsamad Amadi, and made available in Kaduna.

We wish to inform the general public that Senator Shehu Sani is not part of, and is not participating in a purported Kaduna central APC senatorial primaries," he said.