A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna state has handed a six-month suspension to Nasir el-Rufai, governor of the state.
The suspension comes three days after the faction, led by Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, issued the governor a query and suspended three of his aides for 18 months.
The group, known as the Kaduna Restoration Group, had accused el-Rufai of “anti- party activities and anti-human activities”.
Hukunyi, senator representing Kaduna north central, had in the query letter said if the governor fails to respond within 48 hours, the state working committee will sit down and decide on necessary action.
In a statement on Sunday, the faction said el-Refai refused to honour the invitation to defend himself over the allegations levelled against him.
“Sequel to the 48 hours ultimatum issued to the Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir Ahmad Elrufa’i by the Kaduna state working committee of the APC to give explanations and defence on the allegations labelled against him, the SWC under chairmanship of S.I. Danladi Wada on Saturday 17th February 2018 convened, resolved and do consider and ratified the findings and recommendations of the Disciplinary and Fact Finding Committee put before it in accordance with Article 21 (B) (iii) of the APC Constitution, to the effect that having the governor failed to respond accordingly, he stands suspended for a period of 6 months from the APC with immediate effect,” the statement read.