Saturday, 18 March 2017

Leaked memo: El-Rufai planning to become president – Shehu Sani

Kaduna senator, Shehu Sani has asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) to penalise Kaduna governor, Nasir El-Rufai for allegedly leaking a memo he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Sani, who is the Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, called for the punitive measures in a statement he released in Abuja on Saturday.

Recall that El-Rufai wrote a memo to Buhari stating that his government has failed the people.

In the memo, El-Rufai acknowledged that a cabal was working hard to alienate the President from those, who even worked hard to secure his victory during the 2015 election.

El-Rufai wrote the memo in September 2016 but it was recently leaked online.

Shehu Sani said El-Rufai leaked the memo for political gain. He also said the governor was not in position to criticize the president as he dislikes being criticized.

“The governor always recommends that our party should punish me for criticising him.

“Now that he has fired a cruise missile at the President through a deliberately leaked memo, he should also be treated the same way.

“He accused me of being disloyal and disrespectful to the President and the party for speaking my mind.

“Now he has done his own cunningly by criticising the President and the party, disguised it as a memo and leaked it out to the press.

“If our able party chair would give me five strokes of the cane for speaking out, the governor (El Rufai) should be given thrice that for ‘leaking out’.

“It’s often said that look at the message and not the messenger, but there are times when you can only decipher the message by looking at the messenger,’’ he said.

He described the governor as disloyal and disrespectful, saying: “the difference is that while mine is blunt, his is dubious.

“Secondly, for all the issues he raised against the President, his own is worst in his space of governance both in the existence of cabal or politics of exclusion, incompetence or public perception.

“The difference is that the President is tolerant of criticisms and alternative views.’’

He added, “The memo suggests he is trying to do what he recently accused me of.

“He said that I am in the habit of criticising him because I want to become Kaduna State Governor,’’ Sani said.

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