By Aliyu Askira
The senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, Shehu Sani, at the weekend in Kaduna, declared that the fact that the House of Representatives Committee on External Loan has approved the state government’s $350 million loan request did not amount to the government securing the money, as only the Senate Committee on External Loan has the final approval that will enable the state access to the loan.
The senator who expressed the desire to contest the governorship of the state in 2019 or seek re-election into the senate, said should the electorate reject him, however, he would go home peacefully without regrets.
He asked Nigerians to judge the performance of the ruling APC from 2015 to date and tell in clear terms whether the administration at federal, state and local government levels has changed their lives for the better or not, explaining that “this is the only yardstick they will use in voting in 2019, adding that “those that are not performing will definitely be rejected but those that have done their best will be returned to office for second term.”
Recently, the human rights activist cum politician pointed out that the Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasiru El – Rufai, described him in the media as some body that is not used to money. This, he said, is true because he was “not part of the PDP government that looted our treasury.
“I am always amazed when I hear politicians claiming that they did not perform in office because the country’s economy is bad. I don’t believe this because the country is now selling more than two million barrels of crude oil daily at $60 per barrel; so tell me, how can somebody say Nigeria has no money? As for me, Comrade Shehu Sani, I gave people cars, money and houses before I even became a senator.
“In the cause of my fight for the restoration of democracy in Nigeria, I was several arrested by the military junta and thrown into prison. At a point, I shared the same prison cell with Late General Shehu Musa Yar’adua and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and as such, I know the benefit of democratic government and the ills of military dictatorship,” he said.
Speaking on his row with his fight with the state governor, Shehu Sani vowed never to support a government that sacked 22,000 teachers, more than 4,000 local government staff and over 4,000 district heads.
“You see, the calculation is simple; if families of the 30,000 sacked workers reject the governor in 2019, he is as good as a loser. You cannot come from nowhere, after spending 13 years in PDP and now engage everybody in a fight and think that you will get a second term,” he said.
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