Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, has confirmed what had long become an undying speculation: that he was already on his way out of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The confirmation came while he was revealing his decision to join the Kaduna State governorship race in 2019.
Senator Sani said he would not run on the platform of the APC. He stated that the party’s existence was being challenged by internal squabbles and that it was on the verge of collapse.
“What is happening in APC is frightening and I am afraid if the party can come out of it. It is unfortunate that what the party accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of is what we have now in APC, if not more.
There is so much impunity, infighting, crisis, and lack of internal democracy. The party is enmeshed in prolonged leadership crisis at the national and state levels. There were no congresses in several states across the nation. It was all illegitimate exercise where the governors just drew up lists and sent to the national office which accepted such lists hook, line and sinker”he said.
He added: “Here in Kaduna, there was no congress. The governor just assembled those he selected and announced their names. As it is now, APC really stands on a very shaky ground and unless something is done, it’s not just me, our group is leaving APC. We are already at the departure lounge, ready to go any moment from now. As for 2019, we are in discussion with 25 political parties who have approached us for the Kaduna project.
So, what we will have in Kaduna is an alliance with these political parties and we have been meeting regularly.I am a team player, if at the end the people of Kaduna State want me to remain in my Senate, I will have no choice but to obey them, but otherwise, I will contest for the governorship.”