“Subject to the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and any other Laws for the time being in force in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the provisions of this Constitution shall be supreme PROVIDED that where any Rule, Regulation or any other enactment of the Party is inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, such a Rule, Regulation arid Enactment shall, to the extent of its inconsistency, be null and void and of no effect whatsoever” ( APC CONSTITUTION: ARTICLE 2)
If truth is to be told, the way APC is treating Senator Shehu Sani with kid gloves over his ‘INEXCUSABLE RUDINESS’ to the party and to President Buhari, is going to affect the party’s reputations if it does not take stringent measures against him.
Loyalty and Discipline are, and must have been the twin foundations on which Party is built, much less APC- the party that represents a clear break away from the old Nigerian Party system we were used to. Even the opposition party (PDP), as highhanded and dirty it was, the party never condone disloyalty and indiscipline among its members. We have heard and seen many instances where PDP expelled and or suspended its members for their seeming anti-party activities.
Right from the beginning of this administration the Soi-distant Comrade-turned Senator has been in the habit of constantly and persistently opposed to the policy stand of President Muhammadu Buhari on any matter.
He has shown clearly not in be tandem with the policies of Mr President- and giving his postures, never will he be.
In December 2015, precisely when President Buhari launched his anti-corruption crusade, it was Shehu Sani who came on air and showed his reservations, while it is all-known fact that fighting corruption is one of the President Buhari’s cardinal principles, and first schedule in the party’s manifesto, a party on which Shehu Sani rode to Chamber. Also most importantly the popular mandate giving to Buhari and APC is based on this Covenance. (to fight corruption).
Also when president Buhari concurred with the Northern Nigeria Development Company (NNDC) about oil exploration in the North East, Shehu Sani ridiculed Mr. President by saying that it is a waste. One will wonder if he (Shehu sani) doesn’t have access to president to always discountenance with him personally as a party leader, and most importantly as a man on whose coat-tails Shehu Sani laid to become what he is today.
That notwithstanding, he came out publicly criticizing the president about his removal of subsidy, as if he belongs to the opposition party. He also went ahead to side with Labour Union when they called for strike.
The senator’s unbearable postures suggest that he is growing larger than the party; because he is not only repudiating the party’s principle but also daring the President.
President Buhari is only implementing the ideals and programs of his party. And it is customary that if one does no longer believe or shares with his party’s philosophy, the only honorable thing for him to do is to leave the party. We have seen where many party members who left their parties because of their inconsonance with the party. Some returned their membership card, some tore it.
But Shehu Sani did neither of the above, even when it appears clearly that his belief and ideology do not cohere with the party’s own. But still always criticizing his president Buhari’s policies (party’s policies)
Some people surmised that his impertinence to the party is because of Elrufai. But any follower of politics in Kaduna will have to see that it is Shehu Sani who has taken Elrufai to be his arch-enemy, even when the latter is totally impervious to his machinations. It is nonsensical to be belligerent to your party just because you hate your governor.
The senator seems to have mistaken Activism with politics; he also thought that a party is like an NGO where you do things as you like.
The Fact that the Self-styled Senator has romantic affairs with the PDP is an open secret. His fraternity with them has been exposed when he connived with PDP Senators to produce both Bukola and Ekweremadu.
Here in Kaduna, the way he fraternizes with PDP members in the state is known to all. He was reported to have held a series of meetings with PDP members in the state. And when one John Danfulani went under the banner of a shadowy group called CEDRA to write a book with a title “Assessment of First 100 Days in Office: Muhammadu Buhari & Gov. Nasir El-Rufai in Focus”, there was widespread allegations that the book was funded by the Senator.
Also when the governor banned street hawking and begging some people who were allegedly sponsored by the Senator protested in front of the Government House.
Anti-party is a serious offence in party politics and party supremacy must take precedence over anything else. If Shehu Sani toys with that, he ought to be dealt with accordingly. Article 21 of the Party’s Constitution is self explanatory on that. Some of the offences that require discipline that falls within this purview are:
(1) “Breach of any provision of this Constitution”
(2) “Anti-Party activities or any conduct, which is likely to embarrass or have adverse effect on the party or bring the party into hatred, contempt, ridicule or disrepute”
(3) “Disobedience or negligence in carrying out lawful directives of the Party”
And the overwhelming public opinion in this regard is that, considering the gravity of his offence to the party he supposed to be expelled from the party because all the above three offences were committed by the Senator.
Mukhtar Garba Maigamo,
Public Affairs Analyst can be reached at Mgmaigamo@yahoo.com and @mukyflx