Daily Trust

Ganduje selling off Kano govt property to family, cronies – NNPP alleges

- From Clement A. Oloyede, Kano

The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) Transition Committee in Kano State has accused Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, of selling off government property to his family members and cronies at the tail end of his tenure.

Dr Abdullahi Baffa Bichi, the chairman of the committee, who leads the Recovery of Public Assets Subcommitt­ee said this yesterday during a visit to the Kano State Public Procuremen­t Bureau (Due Process Office) located at State Road.

Bichi alleged that the committee was in receipt of credible informatio­n that the Due Process Office had been allegedly sold to Abba Ganduje, the son of the governor.

“The office which was until this afternoon being actively utilized by the staff of the office was sold to the son of the exiting governor of the state and we are deeply worried by the manner in which the outgoing governor is mortgaging the common franchise of the good people of Kano state leaves much to be desired,” he said.

He said the act of the government was akin “to vandalism; they are uprooting every structure of governance.”

Bichi alleged that the credible informatio­n at the disposal of the NNPP was that the place was “sold at less than N10 million and we are aware that the boy has already sold the place for over N300 million. This is the most unfortunat­e, the most crass destructio­n of public property of government property.

He said what the government is doing is “a drama and the real game will start on May 29. This drama they are playing is the last scene and we will recover whatever is stolen, misappropr­iated and vandalised by this outgoing government and return it to the public.”

He also warned developers buying the property to be wary, adding that all that play any role in the act would be prosecuted when the NNPP government of Abba Kabir Yusuf takes over from May 29.

The Kano State Commission­er for Informatio­n and Internal Affairs, Muhammad Garba, who speaks on behalf of the government, could not be reached for comment at the time of filing this report.

Similarly, the Attorney General and Commission­er for Justice, Lawan Musa, who chairs the government committee on the sale of government property, could also not be reached for comments. Calls and text messages sent to both were not responded to.

Daily Trust recalls that the Garba had earlier issued a statement advising the NNPP to wait until it is sworn in before making statements that could be considered as policy statements.

Ganduje had also advised Yusuf to desist from creating a scenario that would infer that there are two governors in the state.

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