By Shankyula I. Matthias
The Northern Coordinator of Almushahid Initiative for Transparency and Accountability (AITA) Mr. Auwal Musa Kura, who represented AITA NGO to monitor corruption allegation leveled against the executive governor of Kano State, His Excellency Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in which video Ganduje was seen collecting huge sums of money in bundles.
It will be recalled that recently the publisher of an online newspaper Mr. Jaafar Jaafar, who first published the video, insists in the presence of the Kano State assembly that the video content is genuine as he has carried out all necessary findings prior to its publishing. Governor Ganduje on his part rejected this claim calling it a cheap political blackmail.
However, sources revealed that the giver of the said bribe is one of the contractors that carry out projects in Kano state, who is also a friend of the publisher Mr. Jaafar Jaafar, but withheld the identity of the said contractor for security reasons. According to Jaafar, it is in the right of a whistleblower to remain anonymous if he/she so chooses, in accordance with the provisions of the whistle-blower act.
The contractor is said to have complained to his friend Mr. Jaafar Jaafar about the governor’s persistent request for bribe before contracts are been awarded. It was based on this complaint that Mr. Jaafar, in response, insisted that the complainant (the contractor) must have a proof for the alleged bribe which led to planting of a secret bio-camera that caught the governor red handed.
Owning to this tense climax where the reveler Jaafar Jaafar insisted that the video is genuine of its content while the alleged bribery accused governor’s continual denial, the state assembly has invited experts in Audio/Visual technology to ascertain the authenticity of the video.
Me while, an Abuja-based lawyer Mr. Abubakar Sani has filed a suit before the federal high court in Kano State, praying the court to stop the Kano state house of Assembly from continuing its ongoing investigations into the bribery allegations leveled against the executive governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in a suit marked FHC/KN/CS/167/2018 on November 9.
Many critics and anti-graft agencies believed this suit file is been sponsored by the accused governor to divert the attention of the public from this high profile corruption allegation, arguing that if the governor’s hands toys not in the said matter, why praying the high court to restrain the state assembly from showing forth transparency, while for others, the governor enjoys a constitutional immunity while in office as such; further investigation against him over the matter is a distraction.