Kaduna’s debt: Crisis brews as APC suspends women leader for defending El-Rufai

The controversy surrounding Kaduna’s debt burden has taken a new turn, with the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, suspending its female leader, Maryam Mai-Rusau.

The APC women’s leader was suspended for defending Kaduna’s former governor, Nasir El-Rufai, over the state’s massive debt.

Governor Uba Sani criticized on Friday the high financial burden he inherited from El-Rufai.

Speaking at a town hall gathering on Saturday, Mr Sani stated that his administration inherited a financial load of $587 million, N85 billion, and 115 contractual liabilities from the Election administration.

But the state women leader felt strongly about the governor’s remark, saying Sani was treacherous as  El-Rufai did everything to ensure his success during election.

“If you say there is no money in Kaduna State, why don’t you resign? Notwithstanding the huge debt burden, he ran from pillar to post trying to get the party’s governorship ticket from Mallam [El-Rufai].

“It is a clear case of betrayal. Mallam did everything for Uba to become a senator and later governor.

“As a senator, Uba Sani is the arrowhead of securing loans by El-Rufai administration. He was deeply involved in that,” she said.

But the APC in a letter co-signed by the state chairman and secretary Ali Maishago and Zakka Bassahuwa respectively, the party suspended the woman leader for defamation of character of the governor.

The letter reads: “The Badarawa/Malali Ward APC Executive Committee after due deliberations and careful examinations on the viral video clip released on 30th March, 2024 via social networks; Facebook, Whatsapp, and Tiktok which is against the constitution of our dear party APC as stated in article 21.2 (v).

“In view of the above, below are the gross misconducts where the subsequent suspension relied upon:

“Deformation (sic) of character of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State Malam Uba Sani.

“Unauthorized publicity of the party dispute that discredited the personality of the Executive Governor of Kaduna State.

“Furthermore, from today Sunday 31st of March, 2024, the leadership of APC Badarawa/Malali Ward unanimously resolved to suspend Hajiya Maryam Suleiman (Mai Rusau) from the Party pending the further investigation on the matter from the constituted authority.”







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