The political battle between Senator Shehu Sani and his Governor, Nasir el Rufai of Kaduna State, is assuming interesting dimensions with the former alleging that the enrolment of little el Rufai into a public school is all political gimmicry targeted at 2023. The Governor is believed to have presidential ambitions for that year.
The Kaduna Central man in the Senate from 2015 to mid 2019, who lost the last election largely on account of his been denied the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket by fellow party man, el Rufai, says his criticism of his governor is not political. Sani later contested on the platform of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) but lost.
He described as clownish, comical and deceptive the political stunt for 2023 the enrolment of el Rufai’s son in a public school.
His words to journalists in Kaduna, Wednesday, “It is not because I have a political difference with him (El-Rufai), no, but for whoever lives in Kaduna state, knows that what the governor did with his son by enrolling him into public school was just a comedy.
“It was a badly written Kannywood or Nollywood script. I know the governor likes Kannywood and Nollywood actors and actresses but as far as l am concerned, that was a bad and poorly written script for the media preparatory for 2023 and nothing else.
“He would have done better by upgrading schools in Kaduna. You cannot spend N195m in a particular school and then take your son and the media to that school and think you have done anything different.
“Let me tell you, we had a governor in this state, Balarabe Musa, who never lived in Government House during his reign and all that while he was a governor he lived in his private house and I also know that the children of former governor Ahmed Makarfi attended this same Capital School. I also know that other public officials’ children go to that school too. So, if you are not been cunny, deceptive and comical, you would have allowed all your children to enroll into public schools. Public school doesn’t mean primary schools alone, there are public secondary schools and public universities.
“We have Kaduna State University (KASU) which is a public University and we have several public secondary schools in the state. During Sallah we see the governor with a lot of his children and all of a sudden, you picked one of them and said oh, take him to Capital School. I think the governor is becoming a bad representation of Baba Sala, I Go Die and Basket Mouth, a kind of comedy situation. “He is not new in this kind of drama. It was the same person who was moving around Kaduna – Abuja road and he went with cameras that he was chasing kidnappers. So, this is a new script but as far as am concerned, that is comedy.
“Since we are in an era in this state of using public utilities, public hospitals and now public schools, so it is also in order that public officials, both elected and appointed should also patronise public toilets in Kaduna. That is the highest form of patriotism and selfless service. You should use what the masses are using which is public toilets.
“As a governor of the state and as a leader, if it is good to patronise public schools by public servants, politicians and all of us should patronise public toilets like the one that is not far away from my office.”