I Didn’t Ask You To Initiate Shehu Sani’s Recall-Buhari replies El-Rufai

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday said there was no truth in a claim that he asked the Kaduna State Governor , Nasir el - Rufai, to punish Senator Shehu Sani by initiating his recall from the Senate. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu , said this in a statement made available to journalists. El - Rufai had, in a leaked memo, warned Buhari that there will be serious consequences if the senator representing Kaduna Central should win a return ticket to the Senate in 2019. The governor claims in the memo that at a point , Buhari had directed him to recall Sani because of his many sins. But Shehu said neither did the President receive the leaked memo, nor did he ask el - Rufai to deal with the senator. He said Buhari would never usurp the role of party leaders by directing that a party member should be punished . The statement read , “The Presidency wishes to distance President Muhammadu Buhari from a letter currently in circulation, which alleges that the President had authorised a governor or anyone else for that matter to ‘ deal with traitors and disloyal members of APC , especially Senator Shehu Sani . ’ “ We wish to confirm that the President is not aware of any such letter , let alone authorising anyone to deal with any party member. “ Given President Buhari ’ s record, it is inconceivable that he would usurp the role of party leaders and instruct anyone to punish a party member. “ In the light of above , we appeal to the general public , especially members of the Press, to ignore false or unauthorised information intended to attribute to the President any action which is not in line with his character. ”

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