• Reveals El-Rufai travelled to Abuja 500 times to replace Shehu Sani with him

From Fred Itua, Abuja

A women leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hajia Maryam Suleiman has slammed Kaduna State Governor, Uba Sani, alleging disloyalty to the former governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai within a short time that he became the governor. She described him as ungrateful.

In a video which has gone viral and sighted in Abuja on Monday, Hajia Suleiman criticised Uba Sani and recalled how in 2019, the former governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai travelled almost 500 times to lobby the party chieftains at the APC headquarters in Abuja to ensure that Senator Shehu Sani was replaced with Uba to represent Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the 9th National Assembly.

Speaking in Hausa, Mrs Suleiman who is popularly called Mai Rusau until her suspension, was the Woman leader of Badarawa/Mailali Ward of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Kaduna State.

She said El-Rufai fought hard and took risks to remove Senator Sani out of the way for him who was considered loyal at the time.

Meanwhile, the outburst earned her a suspension from the party, as a letter which obtained on Monday, dated 31st March, 2024 and signed by the Ward Chairman, Ali Maishago and Secretary, Saka Bassahuwa respectively, cited gross misconduct for criticising Governor Sani and was subsequently suspended.


Part of the letter read: “The Badarawa/Mailali Ward APC Executive Committee after due deliberations and careful examination on the viral video clip released on 30th March, 2024 via Social Media network: Facebook, Watshapp, and Tiktok which is against the constitution of our dear party, APC as stated in Article 21.2(v).

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“Subsequently, the party relied on defamation of character of his Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Uba Sani.

“Unauthorised Publicity of the party dispute that discredited the personalityof the Executive Governor of Kaduna State. From today, Sunday 31st March, the leadership of APC in Badarawa/Malali Ward unanimously resolved to suspend Hajiya Maryam Suleiman from the party pending further investigation on the matter from the constituted authority.”

Speaking with Senator Shehu Sani who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District on Monday, he recalled how he was blocked by the former governor of Kaduna State, El-Rufai when he attempted to return to the 9th Senate.

According to him, the governor blocked his return to the Senate because he stopped him from accessing the sum of $350 million World Bank loan when he was the Senate Committee chairman on Local and Foreign Debts, insisting that he did that in the interest of the people of Kaduna State, as the debt on the State was more than revenue accruing to the State at the time.


He said: “As Senate Committee Chairman on Local and Foreign Debts in the 8th Senate, I did block El-Rufai from accessing the sum of $350 million loan after I have analysed critically the huge debt that was hanging on the State at the time. I did that out of genuine interest for the State and not out of malice, but, it became an offence, El-Rufai used against me.”