2019: Buhari never authorized El-Rufai to sanction Shehu Sani –Presidency

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Garba Shehu

The Presidency has debunked the claim that President Muhammadu Buhari authorised Governor Nasir El-Rufai to deal with Senator Shehu Sani for being disloyal.

The directive was said to be issued by the president, according to a letter said to be in circulation.

In a statement issued, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said Buhari was not aware of such a letter.

He said the president did not aurthorise anyone to deal with any member of the party either.

“Given President Buhari’s record, it is inconceivable that he would usurp the role of the party leaders and instruct anyone to punish a party member.

“In the light of above, we would like to appeal to the general public, especially members of the press, to ignore false or unauthorized information intended to attribute to the President any action which is not in line with his character,” Shehu said.

It would be recalled that the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, had claimed that Buhari directed him to recall Shehu Sani over contempt and disloyalty.

He said however, in view of the huge cost of a recall process, it was decided that Shehu Sani would be voted out during the next election.

El-Rufai’s position was at variance with that of the All Progressives Congress, APC, which assured Shehu Sani of an automatic ticket for the Kaduna Central senatorial seat.

Shehu Sani was the only one cleared for the seat.

But in a primary conducted of which Shehu Sani was not part of, an aide of El-Rufai emerged as the winner.

He his Uba Sani.

The APC has since dismissed the emergence of Uba Sani as a joke.

The party said it recognized Shehu Sani, arguing that the governor of Kaduna State could not dictate to the party.