ADP Crisis Deepens as Gubernatorial Candidate Disowns Sani Sha’aban
By: Femi Mustapha
The governorship candidate and state party chairman of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Kaduna State, Yusuf Jibrin, has said that the substitution or replacement of Sani Sha’aban as the gubernatorial candidate of ADP did not follow due process as spelled out in section 31 of the Electoral Act.
He stated this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna on Sunday.
According to him, he was nominated and presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the candidate but was shocked to his bone marrow when, on December 7, 2022, in a hotel at Barnawa in Kaduna South Local Government, Sani Sha’aban conducted and arranged for a party primary as a sole aspirant and later emerged as the Gubernatorial candidate of ADP out of desperation.
Jibrin said he consulted his lawyers for advice and was told that whatever Sani Sha’aban has done is not in tandem with the provisions of the Electoral Act and therefore null and void.
Jibrin added that in INEC records and publications, his name, Yusuf Jibrin, was the Kaduna State Gubernatorial candidate of ADP in the March 18, 2023, elections.
“Sani Sha’aban was never on the INEC list, has no locus standi, and I have not given him any authority to represent me anywhere or whatsoever.
“By whatever he has done, he has actually increased the popularity of ADP in Kaduna. As a politician, I recognize his efforts and thank him for that.
“But I must warn that we know the antics of Sani Sha’aban as a nomadic politician. He must tread with caution as not to drag the name of our party, ADP, into disrepute.
“We have enjoyed good and able leadership from our National Chairman, Engr. Yabagi Sani, who has worked tirelessly in bringing the party to where it is. Any attempt by Sani Sha’aban and his sponsors to bring this down will be resisted,” the statement warned.