Senator Shehu Sani, who represented Kaduna Central in the eighth Senate, has said that Governor Nasir El-Rufai is a nobody in the politics of the state.
He said this in an interview with Saturday Punch while responding to a question on whether the governor had been responsible for his loss at the National Assembly elections.
Sani said El-Rufai was not a major force in Kaduna politics. He likened him to a baby who was on the back of its mother and claiming to be faster than his peers, who were crawling. He said El-Rufai needed the influence of President Muhammadu Buhari to achieve every political feat in the state.
The human rights activist also said he was at a loss that El-Rufai, who had claimed to be opposed to godfatherism, was now claiming otherwise. He added that Ahmed Makarfi, who had enjoyed two terms as the state governor as well as two terms in the senate, has never claimed superiority over anybody let alone El-Rufai, whose election was being contested before a tribunal.
“Can a man who said he is opposed to a godfather and ‘godfatherism’ now claim to be a godfather? That is a contradiction. Secondly, we had a governor in Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi, who was there for eight years as a governor and eight years as a senator. He has never for once come out to say that he made anybody retire from politics.
“Is it now a first-time serving governor whose victory is being challenged in court that would claim to be ensuring the retirement of people from politics? I don’t think that is in order.
“Another issue is that if I got my votes as the PRP candidate purely because of my integrity, and the votes which any APC candidate got in Kaduna were the votes for President Buhari, how can somebody who had to bring President Buhari, lean on his shoulders, cling to his neck, and hold him by his waist to win an election compare himself to me, who had to campaign on my own to win an election?
“I think you could only claim to have any political power if you could stand on your own and achieve what you want to achieve, not when you hang behind somebody like a baby being carried by their mother, looking at those running on the ground and saying she can run faster than them. So, such statements don’t make any sense to me,” he said.
Sani also lamented the spate of insecurity across the country. He said it was sad that the government, despite its commendable achievements, had failed in addressing the issues of terrorism, banditry and kidnapping.
He said it was even more shocking that some of the elements behind the insecurity were working for politicians and other powerful Nigerians. He said it would be daunting to curb insecurity with the calibre of people involved with the perpetrators.
“What we can see based on the revelation made by the suspected Taraba kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Wadume, indicated that security agencies, defence officials and the political establishment are in bed with criminals, which is the reason why insecurity has refused to recede.
“When a criminal is backed by a political leader or unscrupulous police officers and soldiers, then it will be difficult to address the problem.
“The government must wake up because people are being killed daily and we cannot continue like this.,” he said.