From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Special Assistant on Media to Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Abdulsamad Chima Amadi has said the bribe allegation by the Chairman Electoral Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen is not only false but mischievous and naked lies.
Hon. Matthew, who coordinated the Kaduna APC election committee had in an interview with journalists, alleged that the Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone, attempted to bribe his committee with 10 million naira through a member of the committee, Hakeem Okedara, to skew the primaries election results in favour of some aspirants of the APC in the State.
But, when contacted via telephone to confirm the veracity of the alleged bribe , Mr Hakeem Okedara said , Senator Shehu Sani never offered them anything like bribe to carryout any task, but pledged to support them whenever they needed his support to have a comfortable stay in Kaduna.
Shehu Sani, had in a statement distance himself from the said senatorial primary election in his zone, after the party’s national secretariat, had announced that he and other senators were giving an automatic ticket as the party’s candidate in their respective state.
Abdulsamad, in his response, said the committee chairman probably had a dream to that effect, adding, “It is laughable for him to claim an aspirant who was the sole candidate cleared in Kaduna central offered him financial inducements. First of all, Senator Shehu Sani virtually had no rival in the primaries, he was the only person cleared. So what does he need to bribe the committee for?
“Secondly, when the committee and the state government connived to stage a fake senatorial primaries in Kaduna state, Sen Shehu Sani made it cristal clear that he wasn’t going to participate in the so called primaries because it was an illegality. So when you look at it from all angles senator Shehu Sani had no reasons what so ever to bribe the committee.”
According to him, “Senator Shehu Sani is a distinguished and law abiding citizen who has over the years earned a good name for himself through his uncompromising stance against corruption.
“It is obvious that some desperate politicians who have become synonymous with failure are behind all this baseless and frivolous accusations.
“Just like all their attempts to malign, frame up, intimidate and harm Sen Shehu in the past failed, this one too has failed on arrival.
“No amount of blackmail will deter or distract Senator Shehu Sani. We stand by the mandate given to him by the APC and good people of Kaduna central, and as usual, that mandated shall be put to good use for the betterment of our people.