Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State told the State House of Assembly that he did not collect, has not collected and will never collect bribe from anybody.
Ganduje who had been summoned to appear before a seven-man investigative committee set up by the assembly to probe allegations that he collected a $5million cash bribe from contractors sent his defence in writing.
The letter was signed and delivered to the committee by Information,Youth and Culture Commissioner, Muhammad Garba. The governor, in the four paragraph letter, said:
Re: invitation to respond to a bribery allegation against His Excellency, kano.
Your Correspondence No: KMHA/ADMIN/COM/Vol.1/12 dated 31st October 2018: I have the instruction of His Excellency, the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (OFR) to write as follows:
That His Excellency, the Governor of Kano State categorically and unequivocally denied the allegation of collecting bribe from contractors as alleged by the publisher of the online newspaper, Daily Nigerian.
That His Excellency, the Governor of Kano state did not collect, has not collected and will never collect bribe from anybody whosoever and for whatever purposes.
That the allegation levelled against him is injurious falsehood designed purposely to tarnish his long-established good reputation, reduce his popularity for some political opponents to take undue advantage in the forth-coming general election.
That caution should be exercised by handling this allegation putting into consideration the antecedents of the accuser on similar accusations against leaders and rulers in the state, particularly the allegation made against the former Governor of Kano State, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau and the Sarkin Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi 11, which turned out to be false accusation.
Malam Muhammad Garba,
Commissioner for Information Kano state,
For the Governor?
I so submit.