The Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has reacted to the N2bn legal suit filed against him by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i, saying he cannot be intimidated by such move.
Governor el-Rufa’i had on Friday sued Shehu Sani, for damages over four alleged offences, one of which is defamation of character. el- Rufa’i said he is seeking compensation for the injury allegedly suffered as a result of “the malicious statements” made by Senator Sani through the mass media to humiliate him and defame his integrity by calling him ‘a drunk, loose cannon and an embarrassment to President Muhammadu Buhari.’ The total damages being sought amounts to N2bn.
However, the lawmaker in a statement by his Special Adviser (Political) on Friday, said he has ‘endured’ and ‘overcame’ several of such actions by the Governor and nothing can stop him from expressing his opinion.
The statement reads, “The attention of the distinguished Senator Shehu Sani has been drawn to a report that the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasiru El-Rufai, has filed a civil defamation suit in the Kaduna State High Court demanding N2 billion.
“The distinguished Senator is yet to be served but our team of lawyers are ready and well prepared. Also, the distinguished Senator wishes to assure all his supporters and well-wishers that nothing and absolutely nothing can stop him from expressing his opinion on either Kaduna State or national issues.”
Senator Sani also vowed to forge ahead in the fight against the Governor, saying he had gone through worse battles.
“The distinguished senator is a dogged fighter who has been through many courts and even prisons in his life of struggle and can never be stopped or intimidated to silence by any means. Those who are allergic to heat should not be in the kitchen. The distinguished senator will never falter or waiver in speaking truth to power whether at local or national level.
“The Senator will continue to beam the light in the dark and grey areas of our democracy. Those who are irritated by the truth simply need to get a cotton bud.
“Those who voluntarily offer themselves for public service have also chosen to offer themselves for public scrutiny. The distinguished senator has in the last two years endured and overcame sponsored violence and campaign of calumny by the aides of the state governor and will overcome this,” he said.