APC Queries el-Rufa’i, Axes 3 Aides


BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – Following allegations of anti-party activities, the Kaduna State Working Committee (SWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday moved to sanitise the Party by querying Governor Nasiru el-Rufa’i and suspending three of the governor’s aides from the Party.

Acting State Chairman of the Party, Danladi Wada said, arising from investigations and wide consultations among elders and stakeholders of the governing party in Kaduna state, the decision was taken to save APC from the obvious self-destruct button being pressed by the Governor and of his cohorts

According to a letter entitled: “Query and warning letter on your activities and actions capable of eroding the confidence of members and followership of the All Progressives Congress and electorates and residents of Kaduna State”, the Party has given the embattled governor 48 hours to respond to the query or risk further disciplinary actions against him.

The statement, made available to the media, read in part: “His Excellency, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai has been queried and we are expecting him to answer the query within 48 hours. Failure to do that, the state working committee will seat down and deliberate.”

“We queried Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai for his anti- party activities and anti-human activities. The Party has therefore given him 48 hours grace period to reply to the query”, the statement added.

Also, the Acting Chairman said three associates of the governor have been suspended from the party. Among those axed are the Special Adviser to the governor on Political Matters, Uba Sani; the Commissioner for Finance, Audu Kwari; and the party’s Acting Secretary, Yahaya Baba-Pate.

The Shuiabu Inuwa Wada led State APC said the threesome were suspended for 18 months for activities that are inimical to the interest of the State Chapter of the Party.

The Party said Baba Pate was suspended for “always taking unilateral decisions and conclusions and issuance of directives to; the Local Government, Ward and individual members of the Party in the name of the decisions of the State Executive Council of the party or State Working while in the real sense he was carrying out the biddings of Uba Sani, Political Adviser to governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna.”

“His actions were adjudged to have compromised the Party Constitution thereby disrupting peaceful, lawful and efficient organization of the party in the State”, the statement said

Also explaining the reasons for Kwari’s suspension, the statement accused him of “undue interference on issues within the scope State, Local Government and Ward organs of the party which tend to disrupt the peaceful, lawful and efficient organization of the party with reference to his Sabin Gari Local Government and Bomo ward of the same Sabin Gari LGA.” 

Wada further stated that Kwari was “also adjudged to be disobedient and negligent in carrying out lawful directives of the party.”

On Uba Sani, Wada said he was never a member of party until recently when the Party undertook continuous membership drive, adding that his membership card was only picked up early this year. He regretted that Uba’s activities have inflicted incurable damage to the party and that therefore led to his being suspended. 

The Acting Chairman said their suspension takes effect from February 12, 2018 and letters would be delivered to them before the close of work today.

Notice of suspension from the Party served on the three aides of Governor el-Nasiru Rufai

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