The Senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Uba Sani has condemned the renewed attacks on communities in Igabi and Kajuru Local Governments, as well as the Kaduna – Abuja Road by bandits.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, he lamented that non-state actors, with access to instruments of violence, have been operating with ease, adding that the situation and therefore must be a cause for concern to anybody interested in the security and welfare of the people.
According to the lawmaker, the continued siege on the Abuja – Kaduna Road by bandits is a direct affront on the Federal Government and in particular the security agencies.
While noting that criminal elements cannot “annex” a strategic gateway in the country without adequate measures to tackle the security challenges, Sani said “this is the time to take the fight to the bandits and kidnappers and reassert the Federal Government’s monopoly of the coercive instruments of state. Enough is indeed Enough.”
He also asked the Federal Government to work with the Kaduna State Government to uproot the bandits from Igabi and Kajuru Local Governments.
The lawmaker wants the “Federal Government to carry out a one-month intensive operation on Kaduna – Abuja Road to degrade the bandits and kidnappers,” adding that “anybody, no matter how highly placed, that is found to be aiding and abetting criminality along the Road should be brought to book.”
Adamu and his party had petitioned the Election Petitions Tribunal alleging that the exercise was marred by massive rigging, ballot-box stuffing and snatching, as well as intimidation of voters among other claims.
The Tribunal had dismissed their petition for lack of merit but the appellants were not satisfied with the judgement, prompting them to challenge the verdict at the appeal court.
In a unanimous judgment delivered on Monday, the appellate court dismissed Adamu’s suit for lacking in merit and upheld Senator Sani’s election.
The court agreed with the August 24 judgement of the Tribunal which ruled that the petitioners failed to provide substantial evidence of all the allegations contained in their petition.
Following the ruling of the court, counsels to the PDP and its candidate did not react.
Counsel to Senator Sani, Sule Shuiabu, on his part, described the judgement as victory for democracy and rule of law.
He added that both judgments by the Tribunal and the Appellate Court were a clear affirmation of the wish of the people of Kaduna Central district who voted overwhelmingly for his client.
The Senator-elect for Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Uba Sani has pledged to effectively represent his people and the entire state at the 9th Senate of the National Assembly.
Sani, who was the senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, defeated incumbent Senator Shehu Sani of the Peoples Redemption Party with 355,242 votes.
Senator Sani got 70,613 votes while the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Lawal Adamu scored 195,497 in the Saturday’s election.
Addressing a news conference on Tuesday in Kaduna on the outcome of the National Assembly elections in the state, Sani described his election as the wish of God and that of the people of Kaduna central.
A former political adviser to Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, Uba Sani, has blamed past administrations and elected political officers in the state for not improving on infrastructure and other social amenities across the state in the last 16 years.
He accused the past elected leaders of deceiving and manipulating the people over the years, rather than focusing on how to develop the state for which purpose they were elected into office.
Sani made the allegation on Monday during a consultative meeting with some Christian leaders in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.
He then called on the people to vote for leaders based on performance and not on religious or ethnic sentiments in the 2019 general elections.
The governor’s former aide is contesting for the Kaduna Central Senatorial Candidate of the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
He claimed that poverty and poor infrastructural development being experienced in some parts of the state was deliberately induced by the people who ruled the state in the past.
Sani, however, believes the Nasir El-Rufai administration is doing much in both human and infrastructural development.
He also assured the electorates that he would attract meaningful development to the state if elected into the National Assembly.
On their part, the Christian leaders tasked politicians to ensure that they fulfil their election promises when elected for the peace and development of the state.
The electoral committee set up by the National Working Committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to conduct primaries in Kaduna State has issued Certificates of Return to the elected senatorial candidates from the three zones.
The certificates were issued on Monday by the Chairman of the electoral committee in the state, Mathew Idouriyekemwen, despite the controversy surrounding the senatorial primary for Kaduna central district, where the incumbent senator, Shehu Sani, insisted that he was given an automatic ticket by the party’s NWC.
The senatorial candidates are Uba Sani for Kaduna central, Suleiman Abdu-Kwari for Kaduna North and Bala Bantex for Kaduna south.
The committee also presented certificates to winners for the House of Representatives and State Assembly elections.
In his remarks, the electoral committee chairman said the primary was free and fair and has the backing of the party’s national leadership.
Some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State on Tuesday protested at the party’s secretariat, over the disqualification of one of the senatorial aspirants for the Kaduna Central Senatorial zone, Uba Sani by the NWC.
The aggrieved members blocked the major road leading to the party’s secretariat shortly after Uba Sani was disqualified just before the primary.
Following the development, however, the primary was suspended till further notice.
The aggrieved members accused the Adams Oshiomole-led national working committee of deliberately attempting to manipulate the process to give way for an automatic ticket to the current senator representing the Kaduna Central zone, Shehu Sani.
Uba Sani served as the political adviser to governor Nasir El-Rufai until he declared his intention to contest for the Senate.
The enlarged caucus of the All Progressive Congress (APC), in Kaduna state, has passed a vote of confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai for their policy directions and style of governance.
These were parts of resolutions reached at the end of a meeting of the state caucus, held in the state capital.
The essence of the meeting was to appraise the performance of the APC led administration in delivering good governance to the people in the state, and discuss issues facing the party and how to move it forward.
The caucus dismissed insinuations that there was division among its members, but insisted that they are united and therefore won’t be distracted by those who hide under guise of criticism to pull down the APC government in the state.
In attendance at the meeting are all the major stakeholders of the party in the state including members of the state exco of the party, Governor El-Rufai and his deputy, Bala Bantex, Speaker of the Kaduna state House of Assembly, Aminu Shagali, the Senator representing Kaduna North, Otman Hunkuyi, National Assembly Members as well as local government and ward executives among others.
Briefing journalists after the meeting, governor El-Rufai’s Special Adviser on Political Matters and Inter Governmental relations, Uba Sani, maintained that the era of paying or rewarding blackmailers is over in the state, saying the Kaduna APC has no division or faction.
Sani, stressed that the present government under governor El-Rufai, is transforming the state and not to share money to politicians who criticize or blackmail for settlements.
“Kaduna state APC caucus meeting was well attended by governor Nasir El-Rufai, Deputy governor, Bala Yusuf Bantex, Senator representing Kaduna North zone, Suleiman Hunkuyi, the entire State House of Assembly leadership and members.
“All members of the caucus are here. We discussed the progress of our party and all our discussions went well.
“In Kaduna state, we have only one APC, we discussed on how to reposition the party for service delivery to the people of Kaduna State”, Sani expressed.
The stakeholders, including Speaker of Kaduna state House of Assembly, Aminu Shagali, said that they would remain united and ensure that the APC emerges victorious in the forthcoming local government election slated for July 2017.
They also commended governor El-Rufai for his memo to President Buhari which they note was done in good faith and aimed at moving the nation forward.
“Our elders also gave us useful suggestions; we don’t have any faction or division in Kaduna State APC.
“Our party leadership at ward level to state is intact, so we don’t have faction. You know this government does not settle or pay people for settlements. We are not going to settle anybody who disagrees or criticize the government.
“The governor has told us clearly and he was elected to develop Kaduna State and not to share money. In Kaduna State, even a blind man knows that there is transformation going on in the state”.
With four months to the local government election in the state, stakeholders at this meeting said they would not be distracted by any group whose interest would be to cause crisis in the party.