President Muhammadu Buhari has denied claims that he asked the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, to punish Senator Shehu Sani by initiating his recall from the Senate.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement issued to journalists on Sunday.
El-Rufai had, in a leaked memo, warned President Buhari that there will be serious consequences if the senator representing Kaduna Central should win a return ticket to the Senate in 2019.
The governor claims in the memo that at a point the President had directed him to recall Shehu Sani because of his many atrocities.
But Garba Shehu in the statement said neither did the President receive the leaked memo, nor did he asked el-Rufai to deal with the senator.
He said Buhari would never usurp the role of party leaders by directing that a party member should be punished.
The statement read, “The Presidency wishes to distance President Muhammadu Buhari from a letter currently in circulation, which alleges that the President had authorized a governor or anyone else for that matter to ‘deal with traitors and disloyal members of APC, especially Senator Shehu Sani.’
“We wish to confirm that the President is not aware of any such letter, let alone authorizing anyone to deal with any party member.
“Given President Buhari’s record, it is inconceivable that he would usurp the role of party leaders and instruct anyone to punish a party member.