The demolition of the secretariat of a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is still generating reactions.
Lending his voice to the issue, the deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Comrade Timi Frank, condemned the act.
He also berated Governor Nasir El-Rufai for sanctioning the demolition.
The deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has asked all Nigerians, especially political leaders across board not to keep quiet over what he described as “anti-democratic tendency” exhibited by the Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.
Comrade Frank made the call while reacting to the demolition of the secretariat of a faction of the APC in Kaduna state. While strongly condemning the act, the APC chieftain said if such act is not checked, other governors in various states might emulate the bad precedent of the Kaduna state governor.
In a statement signed in Abuja on Wednesday, February 21, Comrade Frank said if Governor El-Rufai could because of politics demolish a house belong to a serving senator in his party, using military action, the lives of his opponents in other political parties might be in danger.
“One would have expected Mr. Governor to show little respect for President Muhammadu Buhari, who has appointed our respected National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to ensure reconciliation of all the aggrieved members in the APC. “Whatever the case may be, Asiwaju would have been allowed to intervene and amicably resolve the crisis in Kaduna state, which is not the only APC state that has been factionalised,” the statement said.
He continued: “What governor El-Rufai has done is a bad precedent for Chief Executive in our states which is not good for democracy, to the extent that if anybody offend or oppose to the view of a governor, the next thing is to find an excuse to demolish the houses of such opposing views. “Ironically, Governor El-Rufai headed the restructuring committee of APC which recommended a state police for the country. But I ask, if the same El-Rufai is in charge of police today as governor will he not misuse it?”
While commending the Senate and the Senate president Bukola Saraki for speaking out against the actions of Governor El-Rufai, Comrade Frank said: “I also expect the presidency and the APC under Chief John Oyegun to condemn Governor El-Rufai’s act.
“Like I have always said, Governor El-Rufai will soon disappoint President Buhari the more at the appropriate time if he cannot respect the president now, how will he respect him when Mr. President leaves the power. So am still warning that President Buhari should be careful of Mallam El-Rufai, because he has done it for all his benefactors in the past.” Meanwhile, the leader of the faction of party whose secretariat was demolished, Senator Suleiman Hukunyi, has said he has forgiven Governor Nasir El-Rufai for demolishing the secretariat. “This is not too much for a price to carry for democracy to thrive, a price to pay to express the opinion of my teeming supporters,” he told journalists in Abuja. APC is the worst party in Nigeria, I regret being a member.