Video clips meant to tarnish my integrity, Ganduje tells panel
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has denied collecting kickbacks from any contractor, as alleged by Publisher of online media platform, Daily Nigeria, Ja’afar Ja’afar. Ganduje, in his presentation at the panel set up by the state the state House of Assembly panel investigating the alleged bribery video against him, posited that he “has not, will not and would not collect any bribe from any body,” insisting that the allegation was a deliberate attempt to tarnish his ‘hard-earn’ political career.
The panel had summoned the governor to appear before it to prove his innocence against the viral video clips. Ja’afar had earlier appeared before the panel, where he insisted on the authenticity of the videos and validity of his evidence.
But Ganduje, represented by his Commissioner for Information, Mallam Muhammad Garba, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ibrahim Muktar, said: “The allegation of collecting bribe, as alleged by the publisher of Daily Nigeria, was not true. The governor has not, will not and would never collect bribe from anyone.
“Let me categorically say that the allegation is injurious to my person and reduces my political personality ahead of next year’s general elections.”The governor cautioned the panel to be mindful of mischief-makers who might be working assiduous to hijack its activities.
Muktar applauded the conduct of the panel, which he said transparent and fair to all parties involved, cautioning the panel to be wary of media interference and interrogation capable of misleading general public.
On why the governor decided to send representatives, rather than appear in person, Muktar explained that Ganduje reserves the right to appear or send representation, insisting: “Based on the content of letter sent to the governor, he has the right to send representative or appear in person.
“For those who may want to mischievously criticise the governor’s absent or decision to send a representative, the governor has not violate or breached any known law.”
Chairman of the panel, Alhaji Baffa Babba DanAgundi, said the governor has the right to appear in person or by proxy, but stated that no action would distract the panel from doing justice to all parties.“Whether the governor appears or not, let me say the committee is not under duress to do what is just to the accused person, the person accusing and the public. The committee is committed to go on with the investigation and forward recommendations to the assembly.”
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