Rerun Polls Are Resit Exams For The Ruling Party – Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani Decries Bandits' Activities In Kaduna, Three Other States
Senator Shehu Sani (file)

 

Senator Shehu Sani says that the scheduled rerun elections in some states across the nation are geared towards favouring the ruling party.

According to Senator Sani, the “Rerun polls are a resit exam for the ruling party”

He stated this via Twitter on Wednesday, March 13.

Senator Sani followed that with another Twitter posting on Thursday, March 14 in which he accused both the present and previous governments of not wanting any serious electoral reforms because they benefit from the failings of the polls which have been held so far.

He, however, noted that only the former President Goodluck Jonathan was able to approve an advancement in the nation’s electoral process, stressing that it was the same approval he gave that saw to the termination of his reign.

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Senator Sani who lost his re-election bid to represent Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly said recently that he was robbed and deprived of his mandate.

Sani, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, attributed his defeat to alleged electoral malpractices in the polls.

“I don’t think I lost that election because you oddly lose an election when it is free, fair, and credible,” said the candidate of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) during his appearance on the programme on Monday.

He added, “When it is a robbery, it is either you are robbed, or you robbed, and in that case; I was robbed.”

‘I Was Robbed’, Shehu Sani Reacts To Election Loss

 

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, has reacted to his loss in the National Assembly election.

Senator Sani, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, attributed his defeat to alleged electoral malpractices in the poll.

“I don’t think I lost that election because you oddly lose an election when it is free, fair, and credible,” said the candidate of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) during his appearance on the programme on Monday.

He added, “When it is a robbery, it is either you are robbed, or you robbed, and in that case; I was robbed.”

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The lawmaker condemned the outcome of the election one week after he lost the bid to retain the Kaduna Central seat in the Senate.

He came third in the exercise behind the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Uba Sani, who was declared the winner, and that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lawal Adamu.

Shehu Sani Decries Bandits' Activities In Kaduna, Three Other States
Senator Shehu Sani (file)

 

But Senator Sani rejected the result and alleged that the exercise was marred with various forms of malpractices.

He said there were cases where there were ballot papers for the Presidential and House of Representatives election, but no ballot papers for the Senate.

“There was virtually no credible National Assembly election in Kaduna,” the senator insisted. “They stuffed ballots, they thumb printed, there was over voting, and the card readers in many places never worked.”

He added, “The story of Kaduna National Assembly election was not different from what happened in other places where it was confirmed by the observers, and even other opposition parties that the elections in Kaduna, as far as the National Assembly election, was simply false.”

The lawmaker accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of conniving with the state government and the ruling party in Kaduna.

He, however, said there were video clips and other evidence which his party would present to the Election Petition Tribunal in their resolve to reclaim their mandate.

Phones, Social Media Will Be Potent Tools For Votes Protection, Says Shehu Sani

 

Senator Shehu Sani has that mobile phones and social media will serve as tools to checkmate electoral malpractice and expose acts of intimidation and violence against voters. 

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central in the Senate made the assertion on Wednesday, via his official twitter handle.

“In this elections, the phone and the Social media will be the citizens’ major potent tools to be used to monitor the elections, protect their votes and expose acts of intimidation, inducements or violence against voters”.

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In a similar vein, Senator Shehu Sani has raised concerns that President Muhammadu Buhari’s statements on what will befall ‘snatchers of ballot boxes’ can encourage lawless persons to engage in jungle justice.

President Buhari had on Monday stated that those plotting to snatch ballot boxes during the general elections will be severely punished, with death not written out of the clause.

The President had declared while addressing a meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caucus in Abuja, that he has ordered security operatives to “deal ruthlessly” with anyone who attempts to snatch ballot box during the rescheduled general elections next Saturday.

“I am going to warn anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs or to disturb the voting system, he will do it at the expense of his own life,” Buhari stressed.

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In reaction to the President’s comments, Sani, the lawmaker representing Kaduna Central said those who snatch ballot boxes should rather be arrested and prosecuted to avoid jungle justice.

In a post on his Twitter page, the lawmaker said: “Those who attempt to snatch or snatched Ballot Boxes should be arrested and brought to book; this is a better expression to avoid jungle justice or Licence for the disorder by thugs who may take the law into their hands.”

Shehu Sani Raises Concerns Over Buhari’s Comments On Ballot Snatching

 

 

Senator Shehu Sani has raised concerns that President Muhammadu Buhari’s statements on what will befall ‘snatchers of ballot boxes’ can encourage lawless persons to engage in jungle justice.

President Buhari had on Monday stated that those plotting to snatch ballot boxes during the general elections will be severely punished, with death not written out of the clause.

The President had declared while addressing a meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caucus in Abuja, that he has ordered security operatives to “deal ruthlessly” with anyone who attempts to snatch ballot box during the rescheduled general elections next Saturday.

“I am going to warn anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs or to disturb the voting system, he will do it at the expense of his own life,” Buhari stressed.

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In reaction to the President’s comments, Sani, the lawmaker representing Kaduna Central said those who snatch ballot boxes should rather be arrested and prosecuted to avoid jungle justice.

In a post on his twitter page, the lawmaker said: “Those who attempt to snatch or snatched Ballot Boxes should be arrested and brought to book; this is a better expression to avoid jungle justice or Licence for disorder by thugs who may take the law into their hands.”

Shehu Sani Condemns Banditry In Kaduna, Three Other States

Shehu Sani Decries Bandits' Activities In Kaduna, Three Other States
Senator Shehu Sani (file)

 

Senator Shehu Sani has raised an alarm on the alleged activities of armed bandits in some parts of Kaduna and three other states.

The other states highlighted by the senator who represents Kaduna Central district at the National Assembly are Zamfara, Katsina, and Niger.

He took to his Facebook page on Sunday to condemn the activities of the criminals who he said were deciding when to carry out attack on innocent citizens.

“In parts of Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina and Niger states, armed bandits decide on who and when to kill or kidnap,” Senator Sani alleged.

He added, “People helplessly sell their farm produce, farms and even village homes to pay ransom. They live at the mercy of their killers that have grown and thrive beyond the reach of the state.”

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According to the lawmaker, members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) went on a temporary strike recently to protest the killing of their colleagues along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road in the northern part of the country.

He condemned the situation where “mourning funeral services have become a daily routine” and kidnappings have continued to take place in the society.

“In all of these killing fields where the government has failed to provide adequate security, there are more than enough campaign billboards and posters,” Senator Sani noted.

Ahead of the coming general elections, the lawmaker stressed that there were moments in history that victims of attack would be opportune to decide their fate.

Read Senator Sani’s Facebook post below;

CJN’s Trial: It Is Impossible For President Buhari Not To Be Aware – Shehu Sani 

 

The Senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Shehu Sani, says it is impossible for President Muhammadu Buhari not to be aware of the trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen.

During an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday, the Senator insisted that the CJN cannot be summoned for such a trial without the President’s knowledge.

“If you can go back to the trend of events in the last three years, not being aware doesn’t seem to be lack of knowledge,” he said.

“But each time you hear the President not being aware, I think he is trying to answer the question by being neutral or evasive about it.”

The lawmaker added, “It is very much impossible for such a high-profile personality in the country in the person of the Chief Justice of the Federation; it is impossible for him (Buhari) not to be aware.”

Justice Onnoghen is being prosecuted by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

Earlier, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo absolved the President of having a hand in Justice Onnoghen’s trial, noting that he (Buhari) was not aware of the development.

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But Senator Sani insisted that it was impossible for the nation’s top judicial officer to be summoned for trial without the President’s knowledge.

He alleged, “Interpreting his own political positions many times means that being not aware simply is being evasive of taking responsibility. He should know that the buck stops at his table.

“It is not possible for the Chief Justice of the Federation to be summoned for such a trial without the President knowing what is happening.”

The Senator stressed that the trial has created emotions and what he described as “bad blood” between South-South and the Northern regions.

He also accused the ruling political class of intimidating the judiciary and trying to silence the CJN for not dancing to their tune.

Justice Onnoghen is facing six counts bordering on failure to declare his assets and operating a domiciliary account, among other charges.

The planned arraignment of the CJN has sparked widespread criticism from prominent Nigerians and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) which warned against intimidating the judiciary.

El-Rufai Blasts Shehu Sani, Insists Senator Will Be Defeated

 

Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has said that Senator Shehu Sani is an opportunist who is not working in the best interest of the Kaduna people. 

The Kaduna state governor made this assertion in a discussion with Ladi Akeredolu-Ale on Channels Television’s Roadmap 2019.

He said what Shehu Sani is doing is to take “one’s advantage position to frustrate the development of a State” thus “putting politics above common sense”.

While claiming that the expectations and ambitions of the Kaduna state government have been realized to some extent, El-Rufai said the people were quite “disappointed by the attitude of the Senators representing” the state.

He claimed Shehu Sani and two other lawmakers representing Kaduna had frustrated the efforts of the state government to obtain a $350million loan which would have helped in the area of infrastructure.

Shehu Sani had in a similar interview spoken about a proposed loan of $350million which Kaduna state was to collect from the World Bank.

In the chat on that episode of Roadmap 2019, Sani said “Kaduna state wasn’t qualified for that loan because it was the second most indebted state in the country.

He said the state is indebted to “over $225million and he was asking us to approve $350million for him and then the state will be indebted to over half a billion dollars”.

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central in the Senate went on to say that “a non-oil producing state with very low internally generated revenue” needed to be saved from the “Chains and shackles of debt” which “He (the governor)” was going to get them involved in.

Disagreeing with Senator Sani, Governor El-Rufa told Ladi Akeredolu-Ale that “Anyone WHO represents a people and does not want the benefits of those people is clearly an enemy of the people”.

The governor went to say that, Shehu Sani uses words without knowing their meaning, noting that “there is no way a state government can borrow without clearance from the debt management office of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

“There is no way the World bank will lend you or any other person money without doing their number,” El-Rufai said.

Questioning Senator Shehu Sani’s logic with regards to moving against the proposed World Bank loan, Governor El-Rufai asked, “Is Shehu Sani as knowledgeable or does he know enough economics or financial management to contest the judgment of these institutions?”

He concluded that all Shehu Sani has said is just to “Justify taking actions against the interest of 10 million people”.

Though agreeing that Kaduna has the second largest amount of foreign debt after Lagos, the governor, however, stressed that “what is important is not the level of debt but debt sustainability”.

The governor noted that he is working with the president and he is certain that soon enough the loan issue with the World Bank will be resolved, noting that he is confident with the resolution of some of the issues around financing, “we would be able to get to where we want to take Kaduna State in the shortest possible time”.

Move Against Onnoghen A Political Assault On Sacred Temple Of Justice – Sani

 

Senator Shehu Sani has said that the move against Justice Walter S N Onnoghen, GCON (“CJN”) is an assault on the judiciary.

Taking to social media on Sunday, the lawmaker representing Kaduna Central said the move to remove Onnoghen threatens the smooth sailing of our democracy and peace as a nation.

“The move against the CJN Onnoghen is a political assault on the sacred temple of justice; it should be resisted & rescinded. The Govt has moved in the crane to the Court in order to remove a Bench from the roof. Tis amount to throwing a bolt on the runway of our democracy & peace,” Sani said.

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Sani added, “CJN Onnoghen; whoever sold the idea to the Government sold to them a powder of pepper in a pack of a snuff.”

ASUU Strike: Shehu Sani Accuses FG Of Exhibiting “Sadistic Tendencies”

 

The Senator representing the Kaduna Central District, Shehu Sani, has accused the Federal Government of exhibiting ‘sadistic tendencies’ towards the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.

Senator Sani disclosed this on Monday in a series of tweets.

He said, “In the cases of ASUU and the NLC, The Government has consistently demonstrated obduracy and sadistic tendencies.

“It’s important to understand the historical background of these trade unions; they are not politicians for summer, they are comrades always prepared for long winter”.

On the issue of power, the Senator called on the geopolitical zones who have been promised power in 2023 by political candidates to demand a written agreement from them.

He said the signing of the agreement should be witnessed by religious leaders or traditional rulers.

He expressed concern over certain promises that may be a mirage or hoax.

“If they promise your geopolitical zone political power in 2023, demand for a written irreversible & irrevocable agreement, signed by their presidential candidates & party chieftains & witnessed by respected traditional & religious leaders. Gentleman agreement is a hoax & a mirage.

“There are two kinds of people who support persecution; those who have never suffered from persecution and those who have forgotten the persecution they once suffered.

“Shortage of saints, expediency and desperation is compelling the Puritans to recruit from the Cosa Nostra.

“Every Nigerian leader who emerges to the throne is usually at the beginning granted that divinely recognition and referred to as ‘God sent’ until later the people will find out where he is coming from and where he is heading to.

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Killings: Shehu Sani Asks Buhari To Visit Zamfara Before Akwa Ibom Rally

Kaduna APC Suspends Senator Shehu Sani Indefinitely
File Photo: Shehu Sani

 

Senator Shehu Sani has implored President Muhammadu Buhari to visit Zamfara, following the recent hostilities witnessed in the state.

Sani urged the President to make the visit before proceeding on his campaign rally scheduled for Friday, December 28 in Akwa Ibom.

President Buhari is billed to flag off his campaign for second term bid in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom on Friday.

Senator Ita Enang, the senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly matters (Senate) made the disclosure on Monday, December 24, while briefing newsmen in Uyo.

Enang said that the president would be in the state with national chairman of the party Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and national leaders of the party.

Ahead of the rally, Sani, the lawmaker representing Kaduna Central has advised President Buhari to embark on a condolence visit to Zamfara where suspected armed bandits on Wednesday, December 19, stormed three communities in Birnin Magaji local government area, killing many residents.

Channels television had earlier reported that the State Police Command confirmed the attack and the figure in a statement on Sunday by its spokesperson, Mohammed Shehu.

The police spokesperson had said the assailants stormed the village in the late evening of Saturday and attacked innocent villagers.

President Buhari had in a statement by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, ordered that security operatives calm the tension stirred by the attack and bring the perpetrators to massacre to justice.

Senator Shehu Sani however, believes the President should pay the state a condolence visit himself.

Sani took to his Twitter page to plead that President Buhari visits Zamfara before his trip to Akwa Ibom state to flag off his presidential campaign.

The Senator tweeted:

Similarly, Senator Shehu Sani has accused northern elites of giving the killings in the region a positive nod with their silence.

He said the northern leaders have been quiet over the issues of killings and kidnappings around the region because the poor are the ones who suffer the most for the menace.

Sani who took to Twitter to air his views regarding the latest massacre in Zamfara state said in a bid to remain in the good books of the government, northern elites have continued to keep mum.

Amnesty Report: Shehu Sani Asks Security Forces To Shun ‘Unlawful Arrests’

Amnesty Report: Shehu Sani Asks Security Forces To Shun 'Unlawful Arrests', Others
Senator Shehu Sani (file)

 

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central district, Senator Shehu Sani, has called on the security agencies to caution their personnel against alleged unlawful arrests of innocent citizens.

He made the call on Sunday while reacting to the latest report by the global rights group, Amnesty International, on happenings in the country, especially as it relates to security.

The organisation had indicted the Nigerian Government and the security forces in its report published on December 17.


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Senator Sani, in a series of tweets, believes Amnesty International will have nothing to report if the security forces respect the rights of the citizens in their operations.

He, therefore, asked them to “respect the rules of engagement, protect civilians, and desist from extrajudicial killings.”

The lawmaker also faulted the call that the operations of the rights organisation be suspended in the country.

He further called on the people of Kaduna, especially those in the southern part of the state to ensure they were not deceived by politicians ahead of the general elections in 2019.

Amnesty International had accused the Federal Government of impunity in the way it has been handling the killings of innocent citizens in parts of the country.

In its reaction, the Presidency faulted the report and accused the organisation of bias and inaccuracies.

Read Senator Sani’s tweets below;

This Govt Is Deceitful About Restructuring, Says Shehu Sani

This Govt Is Deceitful About Restructuring, Says Shehu Sani
Senator Shehu Sani (file)

 

Senator Shehu Sani has accused the Muhammadu Buhari administration of deceiving Nigerians about restructuring the country.

The lawmaker who represents Kaduna Central district made the allegation on Monday via his verified Twitter handle.

While he faulted the All Progressives Congress (APC) government, he said the previous Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governments also ignored restructuring.

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Senator Sani tweeted 10 days after he left the ruling party, although he did not give any specific reason for his departure.

He later announced on Tuesday last week that he was joining the People’s Redemption Party (PRP).

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Days later, the lawmaker described President Muhammadu Buhari as the heart, soul and oxygen of the APC.

According to Sani who spoke during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, the party will not exist after the tenure of the President.