‘Why APC has not in­ter­vened in al­le­ga­tion against Gan­duje’

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Adamu Abuh (Abuja) and Mur­tala Ade­wale (Kano)

THE All Pro­gres­sives Con­gress (APC) is not in a hurry to wade into the al­le­ga­tion of bribery lev­eled against Gov­er­nor Ab­dul­lahi Umar Gan­duje of Kano State.

Spokesman of the party, Mr. Lanre Issa-onilu, who spoke to The Guardian ex­plained that there was no way the APC would take a stand on the mat­ter since the House of As­sem­bly was yet to present its find­ings on the is­sue.

The party’s com­ment came yes­ter­day af­ter it for­warded the name of Gan­duje to the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) on Thurs­day, last week. Issa-onilu said: “The APC is a law abid­ing party, it be­lieves in due process. The Kano House of As­sem­bly is al­ready prob­ing the is­sue. We have to wait to see how it goes. You don’t ex­pect the party to rush into tak­ing ac­tion based on a video clip on the so­cial me­dia whose au­then­tic­ity is be­ing dis­puted.”

The clips pub­li­cised by an on­line me­dia out­fit, Daily

Nige­rian, de­picts an im­age pur­port­edly said to be Gan­duje re­ceiv­ing wraps of dol­lar bills as kick­backs from a yet to be iden­ti­fied con­trac­tor.

The Pub­lisher of the out­fit, Ja­far Ja­far, while tes­ti­fy­ing be­fore an in­ves­tiga­tive panel set up by the House of As­sem­bly on Oc­to­ber 25, 2018, claimed that Gan­duje had been re­ceiv­ing amounts rang­ing be­tween 15 to 25 per cent of con­tract funds for ev­ery project ex­e­cuted in the state for the past two years.

But the gov­er­nor, who ap­peared be­fore the law­mak­ers, flatly de­nied the charge, ar­gu­ing that those be­hind it were bent on scor­ing cheap po­lit­i­cal goals and dent­ing his hard earned rep­u­ta­tion ahead of the 2019 poll.

Rep­re­sented by the Com­mis­sioner for In­for­ma­tion, Youths, Sports and Cul­ture, Com­rade Mo­hammed Garba, the gov­er­nor dis­missed the video clips as doc­tored.

Mean­while, the spe­cial ad­viser to Gan­duje on spe­cial du­ties, Malam Ibrahim Khalil has re­signed his ap­point­ment.

Khalil, who is also the chair­man of Coun­cil of Ulama (Is­lamic cler­ics) in Kano, did not give rea­son for his re­sig- na­tion.

The let­ter, dated 1st of Novem­ber and per­son­ally signed by the for­mer aide, ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­nity af­forded him by the gov­er­nor to serve the peo­ple of Kano through the present ad­min­is­tra­tion.

When con­tacted for re­ac­tion, the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Me­dia and Public­ity, Kano State Gov­ern­ment House, Malam Aminu Yasser, said: “I’ve not seen the let­ter, I’m out of the coun­try.”

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