The senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, continued his media war against the governor of his home state, Nasir El-Rufai, although the two men belong to the same party. His latest line of attack is that El-Rufai does not have the justification to criticise the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Nigeria’s problems because he was a beneficiary of the party for 14 of its 16 years in power.
Sani said all defectors from PDP were part of the party and should not absolve themselves of blame.
“If you google El-Rufai, you will see him from 1999 but if you google Shehu Sani, you will see him from 1989. So you can see. He was brought to limelight by virtue of being in the politics of the PDP,” Sani said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Sani said the governor cannot claim to have repented in just two years when he enjoyed the PDP for 14 years.
“If you repent in two years, it has to take time to reach people who have never been sinners, like me,” he said. “I have never eaten from the PDP nor have I ever been under their umbrella.”
The senator said some of the PDP defectors still carry the mentality of the former ruling party.
“They do not want criticism, they do not want contrary opinions, but that is what drove them from that very party. When they moved out of the PDP, what they said is that they were denied the right to express themselves on the way the party should be run.
“Nigerians have a very sadly short memory: We forget people who were part and parcel of the destruction of this country simply because they change political parties and then they become saints.
“It is good when you repent, but we should remind you each time you try to insult our intelligence, to tell us that you are clean and every other person is dirty.’’
Sani said that the governor was not making life easy for the common people in Kaduna state.
According to Sani, when the APC took over from the PDP, Kaduna people had expected to witness changes, but rather than change, the government brought policies that imposed hardship on them.
He said that the governor had been out of Kaduna for too long and so did not understand the pains and aspirations of the people.
“Since El-Rufai took over power, he has kept on unleashing one programme after another that further made things difficult for the people.
“We are still within the APC but right now, the problem has gone beyond me and him.
“It also involves stakeholders in the state: the party is divided.
There are people who have invested heavily in the party, they are marginalised, not carried along and a seeming new group has emerged challenging his dominance and authority in the party.
He added that El-Rufai should treat people who contributed to the victory of the party in Kaduna as equals to ensure peace and reconciliations.
He added that the governor should also recognise the poor and refrain from policies that would further impoverish them.
He urged the governor to stop all unwarranted demolition in the state, especially when the land allegedly encroached into belonged to the Federal Government and beyond his jurisdiction.