Kwankwaso squan­dered N255bn LG funds, says Jonathan

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Ismail Mu­dashir, Haruna Gimba Yaya, & Ab­dulka­dir Bad­sha Mukhtar, Kano

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan yes­ter­day ac­cused Kano State Gover­nor Rabiu Kwankwaso of squan­der­ing N255 bil­lion meant for the 44 lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas of the state.

Speak­ing at a rally in Kano where he re­ceived for­mer gover­nor Ibrahim Sheka­rau and his sup­port­ers who de­fected to the PDP from the APC in Fe­bru­ary, Jonathan said Kwankwaso mis­man­aged the lo­cal govern­ment funds.

“From June 2011 till date, the 44 lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas of Kano State re­ceived a to­tal of N255bn but in­stead of Kwankwaso to al­low them use their money, he is spend­ing it any­how, mak­ing the lo­cal govern­ment chair­men look stupid,” he said.

“When you have two un­cles, one is giv­ing you what­ever is due to you and the other one is cor­ner­ing your money, who is the devil?

“They say I’m a devil and that any­body that is wear­ing a hat is a devil and that was why I re­fused to wear the white ‘Ba­ban­riga’ that was given to me at the air­port. If I’m a devil, will I be do­ing all the projects that we are ex­e­cut­ing in Kano State? Be­tween me and the per­son that is squan­der­ing lo­cal govern­ment funds who is the devil?” he asked.

Re­ply­ing Kwankwaso’s re­marks on the 2011 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, Pres­i­dent Jonathan said Kwankwaso did not vote for him as claimed and ac­cused the gover­nor of cor­ner­ing his cam­paign funds.

“I read in the pa­pers that Kwankwaso is re­gret­ting voting for me in 2011, he did not vote for me. In fact, he worked against my suc­cess right from the pri­mary of our party to the gen­eral elec­tion,” Jonathan said.

“We know a lot, we are ac­com­mo­dat­ing a lot but we talk less. Dur­ing the pri­mary when I was about to emerge as our party’s can­di­date, Kwankwaso left the venue.

“Even the lit­tle money that was meant for Kano del­e­gates, Kwankwaso re­fused to give them be­cause he wanted them to be an­gry with me. In fact, in the gen­eral elec­tion, he also re­fused to use the money that was given by my cam­paign of­fice for the elec­tion, how can he now be telling people that he voted for me in the elec­tion?”

Jonathan, who spoke loudly, said the PDP must re­cover Kano State.

“If you wear red cap or what­ever, we will re­cover our stolen man­date by 2015,” he said.

Enu­mer­at­ing the projects of his ad­min­is­tra­tion in Kano State, Jonathan said they were work­ing hard to re­turn the fa­mous ground­nut pyra­mids in the state and that his in­ter­ven­tion in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor has started yield­ing re­sults.

Con­demn­ing Mon­day’s Abuja bomb blast, the pres­i­dent said: “In PDP states there is peace and that shows that PDP can bring peace to the coun­try.”

In his re­ac­tion to the al­le­ga­tion by Jonathan, Gover­nor Kwankwaso said he used the funds to de­velop the state.

Speak­ing dur­ing the sec­ond ma­tric­u­la­tion of the North-West Univer­sity in Kano, Kwankwaso said he ju­di­ciously used the funds to fast-track the de­vel­op­ment of the state.

He said if the pres­i­dent wanted to know what hap­pened to the state’s fi­nances he should un­der­take a tour of the state to see the de­vel­op­ment within.

“Some were ask­ing what hap­pened to Kano State’s money. Which money? was that for eight years or for four years? If he was ask­ing about that of four years he should go to the North West Univer­sity, if you want to know what we have done with the money, go to the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, Wudil, Govern­ment Col­lege, and if you want that of four years go round the state, visit our lo­cal gov­ern­ments.” Kwankwaso said.

His men­tion of ‘ eight years’ was ap­par­ently a ref­er­ence to the pe­riod spent by his pre­de­ces­sor, Sheka­rau, who de­fected to the PDP.

Kwankwaso also thanked gov­er­nors who did not at­tend the PDP event in Kano. He said, “We thank those our friends PDP gov­er­nors who did not at­tend the event. One of them called me and said they were not go­ing to be part of the thing. We thank PDP elders who did not come, even if I can con­test for elec­tion I can even ask APC, APGA mem­bers and cast the vote within the PDP and they will see I am more pop­u­lar.”

Ear­lier dur­ing the PDP rally, the party’s Na­tional Chair­man Al­haji Ah­madu Adamu Muazu said join­ing the PDP is like join­ing Is­lam.

“Yes, join­ing PDP is like join­ing Is­lam be­cause in Is­lam if you con­vert to­day you are like any other Mus­lim. So also in the PDP if you join us to­day you are like any other old mem­ber. So Sheka­rau is like any old mem­ber,” he said.

Re­spond­ing, Sheka­rau re­it­er­ated his com­mit­ment to serve the people of the state and urged Pres­i­dent Jonathan to ad­dress the power sup­ply prob­lem con­fronting the state.

“I’m to­tally ded­i­cated to serve my people, ir­re­spec­tive of the po­lit­i­cal party I may be­long to, so far as I re­main in ac­tive pol­i­tics. Let us come to­gether and work as one fam­ily in or­der to strengthen our party,” he said.

The event was at­tended by Vice Pres­i­dent Mo­hammed Na­madi Sambo, Se­nate Pres­i­dent David Mark, Deputy Speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Emeka Ihe­dioha, Gov­er­nors of Katsina, Kebbi and Akwa Ibom states and some min­is­ters.

Our cor­re­spon­dents who went to the Mal­lam Aminu Kano In­ter­na­tional Air­port (MAKIA) re­port that no of­fi­cial of the Kano State govern­ment was at the air­port to re­ceive the pres­i­dent. The pres­i­dent ar­rived the air­port aboard a pres­i­den­tial jet at 10.42am.

Soon af­ter the rally, hun­dreds of youths car­ry­ing brooms stormed the polo ground, venue of the event, and swept it.

The youths who were mo­bilised by one of Kwankwaso’s aides, Sharehu Garba Gwammaja, said they were sweep­ing away the evils brought by the PDP.

PHOTO Abubakar Yakubu

Prof. Ibrahim Gam­bari, for­mer un­der-sec­re­tary of the United Na­tions (right), pre­sent­ing a paper ti­tled ‘The role of the Di­as­pora in Africa’s De­vel­op­ment’, dur­ing a sym­po­sium or­gan­ised by the Direc­torate of Tech­ni­cal Cor­per­a­tion in Africa, in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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