Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central) has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) to sanction Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, over his leaked memo to President Muhammadu Buhari, which the lawmaker described as disrespectful and disloyal.
He accused the Governor of deliberately leaking the memo, which was written in September 2016, wherein the governor criticised some of the President’s closest aides, and also called for different approach to governance.
Sani said the sanction would be fair as the Governor has consistently accused him of being disrespectful and disloyal for criticizing the manner of administration of Kaduna state, and has recommended that the APC sanction him, Sani.
The lawmaker, in an instagram post, yesterday morning further accused El-Rufai of presenting himself as a ‘competent alternative’ to Buhari ahead of the 2019 presidential elections.
The post reads in full: “The Governor is entitled to his own opinion and perception, but the contradiction and irony of it, are basically two: first, is that he accused me of being disloyal and disrespectful to the President and the Party for speaking my mind, and now he has done his own cunningly by criticizing the President and the Party, disguised it as a memo and leaked it out to the press. That also qualified him as disloyal and disrespectful. The difference is that mine is blunt while his own is dubious.”
“Secondly, for all the issues he raised against the President, his own is worst in his space of governance, whether it is the existence of cabal or politics of exclusion or incompetence or public perception. The difference is that the President is tolerant to criticism and alternative views. The Governor recently said I am in the habit of criticizing him because I want to be Governor of Kaduna State, that means logically, he is now leaking memo to get popular sympathy and carve an image of a ‘competent alternative’ to Baba. Those who cared to know about my little history know that I don’t call a spade a pestle or spoon.”
“The Governor always recommends that our party should punish me for criticizing him, now that he has fired a crucial memo to the President through a deliberately leaked memo, he should be treated the same. If our able party chair will give me 5 strokes of the cane for speaking out, the Governor should be given thrice that for ‘leaking out’.
“It’s often said that look at the message, and not the messenger, but there are times that you can only decipher the message by looking at the messenger. I will leave these personal proverbs for our great President to keep in mind. He who keeps a scorpion in his pocket must always watch his groin; he who inherits a cobra should know that it is not a pet,” it read.