KADUNA State Governor, Nasir El-rufai, has been temporarily suspended by a faction of his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the State on Sunday.
This is coming three (3) days after he was summoned to defend himself over the allegations levelled against him of which he refused appearance and two of his aides suspended.
Uba Sani, political adviser to the governor and Abdu Kwari, commissioner for finance, were suspended for 18 months on Thursday.
The suspension slammed on him has a life span of six (6) months and takes effect immediately, according to the faction, known as Kaduna Restoration Group and led by Suleiman Hunkuyi, senator representing Kaduna north central.
“Sequel to the 48 hours ultimatum issued to the Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir Ahmad Elrufa’i by the Kaduna state working committee of the APC to give explanations and defence on the allegations labelled against him, the SWC under chairmanship of S.I. Danladi Wada on Saturday 17th February 2018 convened, resolved and do consider and ratified the findings and recommendations of the Disciplinary and Fact Finding Committee put before it in accordance with Article 21 (B) (iii) of the APC Constitution, to the effect that having the governor failed to respond accordingly, he stands suspended for a period of 6 months from the APC with immediate effect,” a statement from the faction read.
The meeting had in attendance members of the state caucus, members of the national assembly, chairman and members of the state executive and working committees, stakeholders and other prominent members of the APC in attendance.
The APC in Kaduna state has been enmeshed in crisis since the party came to power in 2015. There are three factions in Kaduna: “government house faction”, “APC -Akida” led by Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, and the “Kaduna Restoration Group.”