Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, representing Kaduna North Senatorial district has said that he has no case against El-Rufai for bringing down his property.
Recalling that the same property was used for El-Rufai’s campaign office and the state APC headquarters, he lamented that over 40,000 commoners have lost their means of livelihood as a result of the demolition.
“I have no case against El-Rufai for bringing down my property at 4.30am this morning.”
Hunkuyi wondered what would have happened, if it were a military era, saying the likes of Nasir El-Rufai were incompatible with democratic norms.
“If such things could happen, what will the military be doing?”
“Instead of bringing down my morale, it would rather embolden me to stand by the majority. Today, as am standing here, let that be an incidence that it is a sacrifice of democracy in my state,” he added
“I should bear the consequences of making democracy strong in my State. I was at the receiving end today. Over 40,000 lives have lost their means of livelihood just because we disagree with El-Rufai.”
“The deputy Chairman of the party in Kaduna has also lost his property to demolition because of disagreement with the governor.”
“People of that nature has no business in Nigeria polity because whether you agree or not, there will always be diasgreement”
The Kaduna state government through the Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency Director-General Mr Ibrahim Husseini, however said said the demolition of the secretariat of a faction of All Progressives Congress (APC) was not politically motivated.
“This morning a building on 11B Sambo Close was removed for flagrant violations of land use and non-payment of ground rent since 2010.
“This illegal violation of use had begun to distress neighbours who were being forced to endure an influx of thugs and blockage of the road.’’
“The Kaduna Geographic Information Service (KADGIS) issued a revocation notice of statutory right of occupancy No. KD. 16712, that covers 11b Sambo Close in the Ungwan Rimi area.
“The appropriate notice of revocation was delivered at 28 Inuwa Wada Road, the registered address of the company that held the title to the property.
“The notice was also delivered to the building in question, and sent by post to the registered address of the previous title holder.
“The land has now been allocated to KASUPDA for the purpose of developing and maintaining a public park that will provide a green area and a serene place for recreation in that residential neighbourhood.
“KADGIS wishes to remind all title owners to be fastidious in complying with the terms of their allocation. The purpose of allocation of land cannot be wilfully altered; neither can title holders lawfully neglect to pay their ground rents.’’
The government explained that it has since 2016 been taking action on various land related matters, including revoking all undeveloped land titles in the state and directed that all abandoned buildings be developed within three months of the notice.
“The Kaduna Geographic Information Service (KADGIS), as the government agency charged with ultimate responsibility on land matters in Kaduna State, calls for the utmost cooperation by the public with all our agencies.’’
The building housing the secretariat of the faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was demolished on Tuesday.
The Secretariat belongs to the faction loyal to the suspended senators representing Kaduna Central, Sen. Shehu Sani and that of Kaduna North zone, Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi.
Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi also reminded the governor of his residential house where he had been fed and slept severally in Kaduna and Zaria during the 2015 elections, saying he could move bulldozers there for demolition.