From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna, Honorable Tom Maiyashi, has described the demolition of the State Secretariat of the party at No.11B Sambo Road, as madness, embarrassing, saying that Governor Nasir El-Rufai has totally failed the people of Kaduna state.
He stated this while speaking to journalists at the site of the demolition yesterday, where he stressed that despite this, the Governor stands suspended from the party, adding that he can as well go ahead and demolished the property of other people he perceived as political opponents.
Maiyashi who was one of the first APC leaders in the state to arrive the scene, said what he saw was unbelievable and the saddest moment in his life as a politician because as a civil servant and later politician, he has never witnessed that kind of political witch-hunting.
He further added that the action of the Governor El-Rufai amounts to political immaturity, an indicator that he cannot withstand the political pressure within his party.
Similarly, Mallam Murtala Mohammed told Peoples Daily that the action of Kaduna State Government in demolishing the party’s secretariat is like a dream to him, because the official statement from government shows that the letter for payment of rent arrears was only said to have been issued yesterday and demolition followed 24hours later.
Murtala said the latest moves by the State Government is to frustrate key stakeholders of the party out of the APC; but quickly added that they are not going anywhere, rather El-Rufai should go back to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), because when they were busy working as opposition, he was there as a minister.
He however called on the people of Kaduna state to remain focused and trust in the party and its leadership under Alhaji Danladi Wada, adding that the demolished party secretariat has become a mecca of sort as people were seen trouping in their thousands to see for themselves what happened.
An eyewitness, while explaining what happened during the demolition, said troops in 70 Hilux vehicles and three amoured personnel carriers, were allegedly used as back up for Govenor El-Rufai to demolish the structure.
The witness, who identified himself as Suleiman Umar Ibrahim, (Salafin Baba), said he personally saw the Governor lead the team that demolished the structure. He added that he was on the sideline doing a live streaming of the demolition as it took place.