The Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani , has faulted the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission to hire A . U . Mustapha as its counsel at the state election petitions tribunal .
He claimed that Mustapha was a lawyer of the state Governor , Nasir El – Rufai.
Sani made his position known at a press conference in his residence in Kaduna on Monday .
He said it was wrong for the electoral body to hire a personal lawyer of the governor, who is also a party in the suit at the tribunal .
The senator asked INEC to drop the lawyer.
He said , “ INEC has decided to hire Governor El – Rufai’ s personal lawyer as its counsel.
“ It is suspicious that the governor of the state and INEC are using A. U. Mustapha , who remains Governor El – Rufai’ s personal lawyer.
“ He is the one defending Governor El – Rufai in a case of defamation which he filed against me in four courts in Kaduna State.
“ A personal lawyer of El – Rufai is now being hired by INEC in a case where El – Rufai is a party . ”
Sani claimed that Mustapha had been representing the governor in courts for over 15 years.
“ How ethical is it for INEC that says it has conducted free and fair elections to hire a personal lawyer of a governor who himself is a party in court ?” he asked .