Shehu Sani said he will announce his new party “in the next two days”
– The outspoken senator resigned from APC on Saturday, October 20
Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central in the Senate, on Sunday, October 21, said he would contest the forthcoming election despite resigning from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Senator Sani had on Saturday, October 20, announced his resignation from the APC after the party put forward Uba Sani, an ally of Governor Nasir El-Rufai, as its candidate for the constituency.
In a statement he posted to his Facebook Page, the senator said: “This is to thank all my supporters and friends for the show of solidarity and assurances of support over my decision to exit the APC.
“I assure you that in the next two days you will be informed of my new party. And be rest assured I will contest in the upcoming elections Insha Allah.”
It, however, remains unclear which political party Sani will join, and which position he plans to contest.
According to INEC’s schedule of activities for the 2019 elections, the submission of lists of candidates and personal particulars of contestants closed on October 18 for presidential and national assembly candidates.
Political parties, however, have up till November 2 to submit lists of their candidates for governorship and state houses of assembly positions, Premium Times notes.
Legit.ng gathers that the political parties also have till November 17 to withdraw or replace candidates for president and National Assembly elections, and up till December 1 for governorship and state Houses of Assembly candidates.
Thus, it is possible Senator Sani is talking with one of the small political parties to use him to replace one of their candidates so he could contest the Kaduna Central slot once again.
Senator Sani and Governor El-Rufai fell out shortly after both men were elected senator and governor respectively in 2015, and have been at daggers drawn ever since.
Despite being of the same party, they have both attacked each other publicly including using uncouth language.
At the peak of party defections and due to the lingering crisis with his state governor, many had expected the senator to leave the APC but he was reportedly persuaded by national leaders of the party including Oshiomhole not to do so.
A Facebook user, Solomon Akhimien, reacted to Sani’s post thus:
Meanwhile,QUEEN AMINA BLOG (ivyukula.com) previously gathered from Legit.ng previous reported that Kabiru Adjoto, the speaker of the Edo state Assembly and other lawmakers had filed a legal suit against the APC over the outcome of the party’s primaries.
The aggrieved lawmakers accused the party of stealing their mandates during the recently concluded polls.
The speaker, who represents Akoko Edo constituency (1) in the state assembly, filed the action at the Federal High Court Aduwawa, Benin City on Thursday, October 18.
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