Written By Mustapha Abdulhamid
The political development in Nigeria and particularly Kaduna State clearly demonstrates the facts that when we give room for the fifth columnist to act and thrive, the damages they caused are usually devastating and sometimes irreversible and incalculable.
The media reports and the subsequent social media discussions of an alleged face-off between the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and Distinguished Senator Shehu Sani, had no doubt been out- blown and gave a clear signature that indeed some set of people would want it to be so, for their selfish political and business ambition and personal aggrandisement.
Here in come the manipulations and machinations of Mallam Uba Sani.
The Man, Uba Sani It is needful to spell out the personae and the antecedents of Mallam Uba Sani, so as to appreciate his ambitious lust to ruthlessly undermine anyone he rightly or wrongly perceived as standing on his selfish and hateful desires.
His foray into politics started prior to 2003. However in 2003, he joined the National Conscience Party (NCP) to contest the Kaduna North House of Representative election, he lost marginally and woefully getting only 52 votes. Not done with his political adventurism, in 2011, he joined the People Democratic Party (PDP) and again contested for the Senatorial slot, sadly he lost at the primaries coming last amongst all the contestants.
Mallam Uba Sani came into national limelight when Mallam Nasir El-Rufai appointed him as Special Assistant in the FCDA. Through the influence of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, he was appointed Special Adviser on Public Affairs to President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The position was held by Chief Femi Fani Kayode before Uba Sani took over while in office as Special Adviser on Public affairs to former president Olusegun Obasanjo, he not only used the position to accumulate underserved wealth but also used it to insult, castigate and cast aspersion on peace-loving, prominent and patriotic Nigerians like General Muhammadu Buhari (while he was a presidential candidate of ANPP), Alhaji Abubakar Rimi, General Yakubu Gowon, General Ibrahim Babangida, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and many prominent Islamic clerics. He became a self appointed defender of former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s ill-fated 3rd term agenda campaign.
No persons were too sacred for him to desecrate, or any anti-3rd termer to abuse and insult. After the President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration ended, automatically, he became jobless and went into oblivion, yet claimed he was an Abuja/ Dubai real estate agent.
Uba Sani allegedly joined the All Progressive Congress (APC) after the primaries of the party, thus his membership of the APC still remain in doubt, realising that the time the party called for and registered new members have closed before he ever contemplated of joining the party.
Between Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and Uba Sani
– Name Dropping:
While everyone knows Uba Sani as the errand boy of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Uba Sani on every occasion has vehemently rejected the tag and claimed Mallam Nasir El-Rufai is his friend. He tells whoever cares to listen to him of how much he knows of all the secrets of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and that he is the only one who can make or mar him . With that profile of importance and intimidation, he moves on his prey and goes for a massive kill extracting millions from them. He was reported to have collected money from different sources to delivers to Mall. Nasir El-Rufai, when he was a Special Assistance on FCDA.
– Marital Meddling Marriage is suppose to be a blissful union Mallam Uba Sani, has not spared the marriage of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, through his meddlesomeness.
He claimed to be the link man who influenced the marriage of El-Rufai’s third wife. Also Mall. Uba Sani never spared El-Rufai’s first wife an insult, abuse and denigration. His actions have portrayed Mall Nasir ElRufai as irresponsible and immoral.
He claimed he is the pimp-in-chief responsible for linking up with other pimps who brings women of easy virtue to Mall. Nasir El- Rufai’s hotel whenever he visits Dubai. yet there are no cogent evidence to prove it.
– Immorality and Treachery
Uba Sani’s immorality and treachery is legendary and known to so many people. On several occasion, he had unsuccessful entice Yasmin El-Rufai, the late daughter of Mall. Nasir El-Rufai, who was then a student in London University. True to her upright upbringing the Late Yasmin had always refused her lustful and amorous overtures, without the knowledge of Mall Nasir El-Rufai, who had continue to trust and hold Uba Sani in high esteem when the Uba Sani’s advances became unbearable, the late Yasmin threatens to tell her father, but Uba Sani pleaded.
– A Perfect Betrayer
When Mall. Nasir El-Rufai was forced into exile by the attacks/threats of the Yaradua’s administration; Uba Sani played a perfect role of Judas the betrayal.
He assumed the role of Janus, the double faced trick ster. Secretly undermining and maligning Mall. Nasir El-Rufai into the hand of his enemies while pretentiously publicly identifying with Mall. Nasir El-Rufai, Uba Sani revealed the secrets/dossier of Mall. Nasir El-Rufai’s Business and family life to his detractor’s particularly to top PDP stalwarts in the state.
Instead of standing to defend his boss, he remains indifferent as long as his interest is not affected or at stake.
He never issues a press statement or organize press conference to defend or exonerates the exiled Mall. Nasir El-Rufai. Instead, he joined rank with the PDP disclosing relevant information to Yaradua’s government and the state and all enemies of Mall. Nasir El-Rufai in Kaduna State.
He became a soul mate to Namadi Sambo and the likes.
The Reward of Treachery In every ways possible and profitable to him, Uba Sani perfected the art of treachery against Mall. Nair El-Rufai. For his acts and efforts of treachery, the powerful politicians and his soul mate promised him a senatorial slot in Kaduna State unknown to him and gullible as he was, it was all a decoy and a fluffy political promise that holds no water or any backing, and they used and dumped him.
– Double standard Sometimes in 2007, the Senator Sodangi-led probe panel, probing the. activity during the tenure of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai as the minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), interrogated him based on damming documents it received on some transactions at FCT, some of whom allegedly leaked through Uba Sani. Unknown to Mallam Nasir El- Rufai, Uba Sani was very close to Senator Sodangi and reportedly fed the legislator and senators with vital and damning information on Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.
Out of fear that he maybe fingered as the source of the leakage of these vital information to Senator Sodangi, Uba Sani manipulated and engineered attempt for the Sodangi-led probe committee to also invite him to testify in a subtle way to deceive Mall. Nasir El-Rufai.
– Fake Mentoring/Guardian
While Mallam Nasir El-Rufai was in exile Uba Sani always tells those who care that he was the one who takes money to El-Rufai’s family to pay the school fees of his children and also feed them.
He claimed he always source for money to feed the family and tells people how Mall. Nasir El-Rufai became broke and insolvent as a result of his massive investment in the crashed stock market.
– Fair-Weather Politicking
In the run up of 2015 election, while Mall. Nasir El-Rufai was neck deep in CPC and later APC in pursuance of relevance and electoral victory, Uba Sani remain in PDP casting aspersion and condemnation against the gubernatorial ambitions and efforts of Mall. Nasir El-Rufai. Uba Sani remains in PDP giving out sensitive information and counter strategic moves against Nasir El-Rufai to Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero’s administration, with the hope that his business interest will be enhanced.
– Spurious Claims During the Governor Patrick Yakowa administration, Uba Sani submitted series of businesses proposal that borders on patronage of his purported real estate business, which was never given any consideration, when the Yakowa administration discovered that Uba Sani has no political values.
Typical of his garrulous nature, Uba Sani Made unsubstantiated claims of donations of N20 million to the campaign fund of Patrick Yakowa, when the governor heard of his spurious claim, he brought witness and Uba Sani to repeat his spurious claim, Uba Sani was thoroughly embarrassed.
– Unsubstantiated Disclosure
Uba Sani talks too much, disclosing to his girlfriend and women of every ofhis secret dealing with Mall. Nasir El-Rufai, Uba Sani was the one who leaked his famed transaction between the Governor of Central Bank, Godwin Emiefele and Mall. Nasir El-Rufai, which was reported in the power steering magazine.
Uba Sani disclosed all these secrets to an Abuja socialite he was dating, the lady recorded it and leaked it to the media.
– Unreliable Confidant Uba Sani also revealed to people of the money he collected from Senator Nenadi Usman, as a treasurer of President Goodluck Jonathan campaign organization. He said the sum of N20 million collected was given to Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Uba Sani also disclosed the amount of money which El-Rufai collected from the likes of Jim Ovia, Tony Elumelu, Hakeem Bello Osagie and Arthur Eze. He it was who revealed the secret dealing of Mall. Nasir El-Rufai in Etisalat to the public. Uba Sani claimed to have all the addresses and pictures of Mall. Nasir El-Rufai Estate in Dubai and how he has tried and is trying the change of ownership of the estate in order not to implicate and indict Mall. Nasir El-Rufai of primitive wealth accumulation.
– Slandering Uba Sani said so many unprintable things about Hadiza Bala Usman, which due to the courtesy of being a married woman should not be documented or publicly disclosed. It is through Uba Sani that many people came to know the secret behind the relationship between El-Rufai and Jimi Lawal, whom Uba Sani despises and seen as a rival.
Uba Sani Hand in El-Rufai’s And Senator Shehu Sani Crisis Ordinarily, they were suppose not to be any conflict between Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and Senator Shehu Sani as both are from the same political party and occupy different elective position and there was none-of course.
Mall. Nasir El-Rufai and Sanator Shehu Sani were in good terms during the period of the campaign, before and after the primaries when Uba Sani was still in PDP.
Uba Sani joined the campaign team of Mallam Nasir El- Rufai, when it was evidently clear that El-Rufai will win and became a governor, he then went ahead to Sow seed of discord.
Before Uba Sani came, it was reported that Senator Shehu Sani’s family do visit and fraternize with the El-Rufai’s family as Mall. Nasir El-Rufai had on number of time invited Senator Shehu Sani for confidential APC meetings in Abuja.
Infact, throughout the primaries campaign of APC, Senator Shehu Sani and Mall. Nasir El-Rufai were usually together and working for the progress of the party, Uba Sani need to sow the seed of discord to enable him secure a ticket to contest a Central Senatorial Zone in the future.
When he was graciously appointed as a Special Adviser (Political) to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, he was bitter and expressed bitterness for Mall. El-Rufai refusal to appoint him as Commissioner or Chief of Staff, he however later settled for the position of the Special Adviser.
Since his appointment to the position, Uba Sani has concentrated more in using the platform to fan the ember of discord as that will enable him to curry favour.
As a Special Adviser ((political), one wonder why h is duties does not spread and extend to the Zaria and Southern Kaduna Zone ,but only concentrated and restricted to the Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone.
This is being done at the expense of other political (Senatorial Zones in Kaduna state). His appointment as Special Adviser (Political) to governor is more of serving himself and fighting his own interest, than that of Mall. Nasir El-Rufai’s administration.
The enemies of the unity of Kaduna state must be exposed for the good and growth of the state.
Today many stake holders in Kaduna state knows much about how Mallam Uba Sani is contributing to foist disunity, so as to pave ways for his selfish ambition.
Abdulhamid write from Zaria