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Sani - El Rufai criticism: Suspended Kaduna APC women leader reacts

Sani - El Rufai criticism: Suspended Kaduna APC women leader

The suspended Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, Maryam Suleiman, has said she has no regrets over his criticisms of Governor Uba Sani.

Suleiman, in a telephone interview with Punch on Monday, described her suspension by the party for criticising the governor as an act of God, adding that she remained unruffled.

The Kaduna State APC leadership had on Sunday slammed Suleiman with indefinite suspension following her criticisms of the state governor, who had complained of inheriting a huge debt from his predecessor, Nasir El-Rufai.

Governor Sani had, on Saturday, during a Town Hall Meeting, lamented that El-Rufai left him $587m, N85bn and 115 contractual liabilities.

Sani said the state was left with a lean purse and too broke to pay workers’ salaries.

However, the APC women leader speaking in the Hausa language in a viral video, berated the governor over his remarks.

In the said video posted on social media, Suleiman accused Governor Sani of mismanagement and advised him to refrain from attributing his failures to El-Rufai.

On account of his attack on the governor, the Kaduna APC leadership on Sunday handed Suleiman a suspension, citing  Article 21, 2 (v) of the APC Constitution.

But speaking with our correspondent on Monday, the embattled women leader said she remained unperturbed by her suspension, insisting that she spoke the truth.

She added she was only aware of her purported suspension on social media, noting that 24 hours after the announcement, she had yet to be served any letter of suspension from her Nasarawa/Malaki Ward.

“I only read of my suspension on social media. I am yet to receive any suspension letter from our party,” she said.

She said she stood by what she said in the viral video, saying that what the governor did, was a clear case of betrayal.

According to her, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai did everything for Uba to become a senator and later governor, she said in the controversial video.

She also advised the governor against setting himself against El-Rufai, whom she described as “our leader.”

“I have no regrets over my criticism of Governor Sani. I thank God for all that happened.

“I only heard of my suspension on social media. I am yet to be served the suspension letter.

“In any case, I stand by what I said about the governor. I have no regrets at all. I remained unruffled by my actions because I stated the obvious.

“As a senator, Governor  Uba Sani is the arrowhead of securing loans by El-Rufai administration. He was deeply involved in that,” she added.

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