The crisis in APC Kaduna state chapter is far from over as governor Nasir El-Rufai is said to have on Friday served senator Shehu Sani a lawsuit for defamation of character. While Sani denied the governor’s claims, said he will not be deterred from expressing his opinion on either Kaduna state or national issues, in spite of the defamation suit filed against him by El-Rufai.
In a statement by Suleiman Ahmed, a Special Adviser to the Senator, which read in part; “The distinguished Senator wishes to assure all his supporters and well-wishers that nothing and absolutely nothing can stop him from expressing his opinion on either Kaduna state or National issues,” a statement by S
“The distinguished Senator is a dogged fighter who has been through many courts and even prisons in his life of struggle and can never be stopped or intimidated to silenced by any means.”
Governor El-Rufai is demanding N500million damages on four defamation charges, making a total of N2billion damages.
The governor, who personally filed the suit on Friday, is seeking compensation for the injury he allegedly suffered as a result of “the malicious statements” by Senator Sani.
Despite the lawsuit, the Senator said he would continue to do what he has been doing which, according to him, is to hold public officers to account.
“The senator will continue to beam the light in the dark and grey areas of our democracy. Those who are irritated by the truth simply need to get a cotton bud,” he said.
“Those who voluntarily offer themselves for public service have also chosen to offer themselves for public scrutiny.”
In his reaction to the suit, the Senator accused the governor’s aides of launching a campaign of calumny against him.
“The distinguished Senator has in the last two years endured and overcame sponsored violence and campaign of calumny by the aides of the state governor and will overcome this,” he said.
It is the latest twist in the conflict between both men who despite being members of the All Progressives Congress have been unable to resolve their differences.