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APC Finally Dumps Shehu Sani, Issues Uba Sani Certificate Of Return


The All Progressives Congress (APC) has dumped Senator Shehu Sani after several promises and assurances made to him that he will get the Kaduna Central senatorial candidacy.

To seal any hope to the embattled senator, the party has issued Kaduna Central Senatorial Certificate Of Return to his contemporary, Alhaji Uba Sani.

ElombahNews has on October 7 reported that APC had declared Senator Sani its only senatorial candidate from Kaduna Central.

Meanwhile, the senator had earlier on Saturday announced his withdrawal from APC Kaduna Central senatorial primaries.

Sani had indicated that he would not participate in what he called a “Kangaroo election organised by the Kaduna State Government’’.

The election was conducted at the Murtala Square in Kaduna.

Following the election, the Returning Officer, Prof. Eddie Floyd-Igbo, declared Uba Sani, a Special Adviser to Governor Nasiru El-Rufa’i, as the winner with 2,088 votes.

Alhaji Uba Sani

His closest rival, Usman Ibrahim-Sardauna was said to have secured only 129 votes, while a former senator, Gen. Sani Sale, who represented the constituency from 2011 to 2015 secured 55 votes.

Another contender, Shamsudeen Giwa secured 6 votes while 45 votes were declared invalid.

Shehu Sani garnered only 15 votes.

After the election, APC declared Senator Shehu Sani its only senatorial candidate despite his withdrawal.

The Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Yekini Nabena, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, said Shehu Sani was given an automatic ticket by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).

Mr. Nabena insisted that Sani was the only senatorial candidate from the zone that was duly recognised by the national body.

However, besides issuing Uba Sani the Certificate Of Return, in his remarks, the electoral committee chairman said the primary was free and fair and has the backing of the party’s national leadership.

Sani was among those given the certificates on Monday by Mr. Mathew Idouriyekemwen, the Chairman of the electoral committee set up by the APC NWC to conduct primaries in Kaduna State.

The Certificates of Return were given to the elected senatorial candidates from the three zones.

With the issuance of the certificates, the senatorial candidates in are Uba Sani for Kaduna central, Suleiman Abdu-Kwari for Kaduna North and Bala Bantex for Kaduna south.

Uba Sani is said to be the preferred candidate of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state.

The committee also presented certificates to winners for the House of Representatives and State Assembly elections.

That was how Shehu Sani lost the APC ticket in the primary conducted by delegates from the zone in which he garnered only 15 votes, unless the NWC wades in and creates an upset as it did in Zamfara State.

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