Ganduje refuses to appear before Kano Assembly,denies taking bribe

Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, of Kano state on Friday, failed to appear before the seven-man probe panel investigating on $5 million bribery allegation leveled against him .

The letter, which was signed by the Chairman of the Committee, Alhaji Baffa Danagundi, and issued to the governor, is requesting his appearance to hear the matter from his own perspective.”

The letter reads in part:

“You may wish to appear together with your lawyers for the hearing, and enclosed is the copy of the video clips for your perusal.”

Instead the governor sent Kano State’s commissioner of information, Muhammad Garba, who told the committee that the bribery allegation against his boss was damaging to his personality.

Ganduje was said to be busy attending to pressing engagements at the government house.

According to the justice commissioner, the letter of invitation gave Ganduje the option of sending a representative or a written document as provided by the country’s constitution.

The information commissioner, lawyer to the governor, submitted his position on the alleged bribery videos.

The governor, in the document presented before the committee, denied collecting bribe from the contractor as shown in the video.

Ganduje stated that he had never been involved in such a bribery incident and would never be.

The governor in the document called on the public to ignore the allegations as it never happened.

Baffa Danagundi, chairman of the committee, commended the commissioners for standing in for the governor.

He said the committee will scrutinise the video on Tuesday in the presence of the representatives of both parties to the matter.

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