“I would like to make it abundantly clear that, while my loyalty to the party and its leadership remains unshaken, I cannot be a part to any incriminating political gang-up against the state of my birth.

“I therefore, stand solidly behind the Indirect Primaries model adopted by the leadership of my great party at that level

“I therefore categorically disown the so-called endorsement being circulated with my name on the list.

“I am aware that dragging my name and forgery of my signature were done purposely to soil my political integrity and mislead my supporters in Kaduna State.

“Mr. Chairman sir, I wish to also use this opportunity to announce to the leadership of my great party, that as an aspirant conscious of his responsibility to stand by the truth, I will take Senator Shehu Sani to court.”

Also in a similar petition to the APC National Chairman, another APC House of Representatives aspirant

for Kaduna South, Yusuf Ali, dissociated himself from Sani’s statements purporting that he endorsed direct primaries.

​Ali said he was not consulted when Senator Sani compiled a list of those purported to have endorsed direct primaries, which contains his name and signature.

​“It has become imperative to set the record straight. I have not been invited nor attended any meeting called by Shehu Sani on direct primaries, yet to my greatest surprise, a list bearing my name and purported signature in support of direct primaries in Kaduna State APC is in circulation.”

Although Sani could not be reached as his mobile telephone was switched off, his Senior Special Adviser on Politics, Suleiman Ahmed, however, dismissed the allegations, saying aspirants supporting indirect primaries are cowards looking for patronage from the state governor.

“Senator Sani is too big to forge anybody’s signature” he said in a telephone interview.

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