The national headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday reversed the suspension of Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central.
Sani was suspended indefinitely by his ward for alleged misconduct and disrespect of the party leadership in the state.
In a statement, Yekini Nabena, acting spokesman of the ruling party, said the suspension has been lifted and that the senator remains a bona fide member of the party.
The statement read: “The national secretariat has received the news of the suspension of Senator Shehu Sani by the Tudun Wada ward chairman and wish to clarify that the purported suspension of distinguished Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna central senatorial district is hereby lifted and is confirmed as a bonafide member and leader of our party.
“The chairman, Kaduna state chapter has been directed to inform the relevant ward and local government chapters appropriately, and also put the necessary mechanism towards complementing the efforts of the national leadership towards ensuring lasting peace and unity in the party.”
APC Kaduna says Sani remains suspended
Meanwhile, the Kaduna state executive of the APC has insisted that the senator remains suspended.
Salisu Tanko Wusono, state assistant publicity secretary of the party, said the APC in Kaduna will not sacrifice its cohesion, discipline and unity for political expediency.
Kaduna APC maintained that the constitution of the party does not bestow any power on the national secretariat to quash the decisions of the ward, local government and state executives of the party.
“Therefore, we affirm the indefinite suspension of Shehu Sani for serial indiscipline and violations of the party constitution and further clarify that the constitution of our party does not bestow any powers on the national headquarters to quash the decisions of the ward, local government and state executives of the party.
“You cannot join the party at your ward level, proceed to treat the same party with utmost contempt for three years, then delude yourself into a belief that the national headquarters can now declare you a saint and impose you on the state party,” the statement read.
Wusono said the party cannot condone the opportunism of people who, having used the APC to get to the senate, began rebelling against it as soon as they got to Abuja.
“Since 2015, Shehu Sani has engaged in unremitting hostility to the APC, joining the gang-up against the party in the Senate. At the national level, the utterances in which he has ridiculed the party and President Buhari are well-chronicled,” the statement read.
“In Kaduna state, Shehu Sani has since July 2015 opposed everything the APC and the government it installed has tried to do.”