By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
A group, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Awareness Forum has alleged that ward officials were heavily induced to carry out the illegal suspension of Senator representing Kaduna Central, Comrade Shehu Sani.
Chairman of the Kaduna chapter of the forum, Bashir Yakubu expressed this while briefing the press at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kaduna Council secretariat on Saturday.
“The illegal suspension of Senator Shehu Sani from the APC is an important issue that has received wide spread condemnation by members of the public. Shortly after the announcement of the illegal suspension.
“We began a thorough investigation and our findings revealed that the Ward executives of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), were given mouth watery financial inducements to carry out the illegal act,” the forum said.
The group said that according to the party’s constitution, before a Senator can be suspended, there are procedures that ought to have been followed.
“The constitution of the party provides that:,
(a,) before a suspension of any senator, a letter should be written to him/her stating all the offences alleged to have been committed by him.her in order to defend himself/herself.
(b) and after the defence, a committed should be set up by the party to look into the defence.” The group argued.
They said that it is sad and regrettable that all these provisions of the party constitution were ignored by the state government which controls the party because of the selfish interest of the state governor.
“I will make available some copies of the party constitution for you so that you will go through for a better and clear understood of the position of the constitution on the critical issue of suspension of political office holders.
“Interestingly, the state chairman of the party has described the so-called suspension as null and void because he knows the position of the constitution in this type of crucial political issue,” he added.
He recalled that the former National chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun, while reacting to the illegal suspension said that the suspension was null and void and that it was only the National Executive Committee that has the legal rights to suspend members of the party.