Senator Shehu Sani has disclosed that would have been elected Governor of Kaduna State had he not been pressured to step down for Malam Nasir El-Rufai was President Muhammadu Buhari’s choice candidate.
The Senator who spoke with a Nigerian newspaper, Leadership, said, ”For the first time, let me tell you some background issues in the political divide in Kaduna.
“I never intended to contest for the Senate; I wanted to contest for the governorship and I opened offices in Zaria, Kaduna and Kafanchan, and later there was pressure on me that I should step down.
“Politicians came to meet me; that I should step down and allow el-Rufai to contest because they said he was the favourite of the president.
”I did not have any gubernatorial candidate as far as I was concerned, and I now thrashed the candidate of el-Rufai and Isa Ashiru.
“The el-Rufai that won the gubernatorial ticket in Kaduna won it with 1,000 and something votes and I won one senatorial zone with 920 votes. In three senatorial zone he got 1,600; I alone got 920
”If I had contested the governorship, there was no way that I wouldn’t have emerged; it’s not possible.
“So I sacrificed that and I contested the Senate and I won. Reports going on in the media is on the surface”, Sani lamented.
El-Rufai has been openly declared by President Buhari as the singular individual who convinced him to rein for President in 2015 presidential election, having retired from active politics in 2011.
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