Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi’s building being used by a faction of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kaduna state has been demolished by the Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led state government over non payment of ground rent for eight years, according to reports.
The APC in Kaduna is split in three different factions, although the one backed by El-Rufai is recognised by the party’s national leadership. Hunkuyi represents Kaduna North and has vowed to work against El-Rufai’s re-election bid.
The house located in Sambo Road Unguwar Rimi was demolished early on Tuesday by officials of Kaduna State Urban Development Authourity, KASUPDA, led by an official of the agency nicknamed “El-Rufai” and armed security operatives.
Reporting the action of the Kaduna governor to the Senate on Tuesday, the lawmaker representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, Shehu Sani stated that El-Rufai demolished Hunkuyi’s house in Kaduna without notice and for no reasons.
Speaking through Order 43, Sani claimed that the Kaduna governor was emboldened by claims that he was on the side of President Muhammadu Buhari to do whatever he liked.
“Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has said repeatedly that he has the nod of President Muhammadu Buhari to do whatever he likes,” he said.
Sani further described the governor as arrogant, insisting that they would not abandon the state party to El-Rufai’s whims and caprises.
“Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, I recall that my Constituency office was attacked 11 times and unfortunately, Military and Police personnel were used in these attacks.
“Because we set up APC office outside El-Rufai’s personalised office, he demolished the building without notices,” he said.
The lawmaker further called the governor an affliction to the people of Kaduna State, while calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to call El-Rufai to order.
Reacting, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, cautioned that rule of law must prevail, no matter the circumstances.
He noted that the immunity enjoyed by those in positions of authority must not be abused nor used to dent democracy as practiced in the country.