Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has come under heavy criticism following the demolition of the office of the All Progressives Congress faction led by Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi on Tuesday.
Hunkuyi, who donated the property to the APC faction as its headquarters, said shortly after the incident. “In the early hours of today (Tuesday), the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, personally drove a bulldozer, accompanied by armoured tanks to destroy my house at 11B Sambo Road.”
The ‘APC Akida’ and the ‘Restoration APC’ had, while unveiling the headquarters on Thursday, said they had to relocate to the new office “to avoid the activities of thugs.”
This came bare days after the faction used the facility to announce the suspension of the governor for six months, a decision that has since been overturned, Punch writes.
While the Director-General, Kaduna State Geographical Information Service, Ibrahim Husseini, said the house was “removed” for flagrant violations of the land use law and the non-payment of ground rent since 2010, Hunkuyi has dismissed the claims, describing the move as bizarre.
Meanwhile, the Senate at the plenary on Tuesday urged el-Rufai to compensate Hunkuyi for demolishing his building and to rebuild the structure.
The resolution followed a point of order raised on the floor by the lawmaker representing the Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani, who formally reported the demolition to the Senate and berated the governor for playing politics of bitterness.
He said, “This comes a year after the same governor demolished the residence of Alhaji Inuwa Abdul-Kadir, the National Vice-Chairman (North-West) of the APC. This is a series of arbitrariness and of tyranny perpetuated by the governor against dissenting, opposition voices in the state.”
The senator warned that such acts would send a message to people within and outside the state to remain silent on issues bothering them.
He then called on Buhari to caution his “beloved son who has unleashed a reign of terror and has behaved in the most despicable and irresponsible way.”
In his ruling, the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, described the demolition as condemnable, while extending his sympathy to Hunkuyi “on the destruction of your house.”