Senator Shehu Sani lost the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC)to El-Rufai’s Special Adviser Malam Uba Sani.
The governor’s aide, who has the blessings of his principal, scored 2,088 votes to the senator’s 15.
The primary election held despite the automatic ticket offered the incumbent by the national secretariat of the party. But the senator distanced himself from the exercise, which held at the Umar Musa Yar’Adua Hall, Murtala Square, Kaduna.
Shehu Sani had alleged that el-Rufai was organising a “kangaroo” primary election in the senatorial district. He warned his agents and supporters to stay off the venue of the exercise.
Declaring the result, former Kaduna North Local Government Council Caretaker chairman, Usman Ibrahim, came second with 129 votes. Shehu Sani’s predecessor in the Senate, Gen. Mohammed Sani Saleh, scored 55 votes while Shamsudeen Giwa polled six votes. Iduoriyekemwen said a total of 2,383 voters were accredited while there were 35 invalid votes. Some security personnel barred journalists from covering the election in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Shehu Sani totally disassociate myself with the reported Kangaroo APC primary election organised by Governor Elrufai this night,” the statement read.
“I cannot be part of a fraud scripted by Elrufai aimed at imposing his aide,UBA SANI. The Governor’s opposition to direct primaries is all about giving him the opportunity to impose his stooges and lackeys.”
The office of Senator Shehu Sani has not, and will not send anybody as their representative or agent to that illegality that some desperate people are organising. “This is because the national leadership of the APC has not scheduled any senatorial primaries in Kaduna central on Saturday. “Consequently, anybody that goes there does so at his or her own freewill and does not in any way represent the interest of Sen Shehu Sani.”