Sani Magaji, a retired police commissioner of Akwa Ibom state, has accused Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, of forgery, vowing to take him to court.
In a petition to Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Magaji alleged that the senator forged his signature on a document said to be an endorsement of direct primary election in the state.
The former police commissioner said he is disturbed that there is an attempt to link him to a “dubious endorsement.”
“I wish to draw the attention of Mr. Chairman and the etire leadership of our great party to the media publications spearheaded by senator Shehu Sani, containing a purported endorsement of direct primaries in which my name and signature were forged,” the petition read.
“As a retired commissioner of police, I feel disturbed by this reckless attempt to link my image and the professional integrity I have built over the years, to that dubious endorsement.
“By going as far as criminally including my name in the purported endorsement and forging my signature, senator Shehu Sani and his collaborators have gone beyond the boundaries of law because of political desperation.
“As an experienced law enforcement officer, I find this criminal act repugnant, indecent, a smear on decorum and therefore totally unacceptable.
“I would like to make it abundantly clear that, while my loyalty to the party and its leadership remains unshaken, I cannot be a part to any incriminating political gang-up against the state of my birth.”
Magaji, who is seeking to represent Chikun/ Kajuru constituency at the house of representatives, said he is in support of indirect primary election.
“I therefore, stand solidly behind the Indirect Primaries model adopted by the leadership of my great party at that level. I therefore categorically disown the so-called endorsement being circulated with my name on the list,” he said.
“I am aware that dragging my name and forgery of my signature were done purposely to soil my political integrity and mislead my supporters in Kaduna state.
“Mr. Chairman sir, I wish to also use this opportunity to announce to the leadership of my great party, that as an aspirant conscious of his responsibility to stand by the truth, I will take Senator Shehu Sani to court.”
When contacted, Suleiman Ahmed, an aide to Sani, said the allegation was not true.
“Senator Sani is too big to forge anybody’s signature. Aspirants supporting indirect primaries are cowards looking for patronage from the governor,” Ahmed said.