The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Friday failed to appear before the state house of assembly committee investigating the videos of him allegedly receiving kickbacks in hard currency from contractors.
The Governor sent the Commissioner for Information, Muhammadu Garba, and Justice Commissioner, Ibrahim Mukhtar, to represent him before the probe panel.
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 denied collecting bribe from contractors, saying the video clips were aimed at tarnishing his image politically.
He said: “Such untruth publications was done to the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi the II and also to the former Governor, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau.”
In his reaction, Chairman of the committee, Baffa Danagundi commended the commissioners for standing in for the governor, disclosing that the committee will scrutinise the video on Tuesday in the presence of the representatives of both parties to the matter.
The Justice Commissioner, who is also the state’s Attorney-General, praised the state assembly committee for its fairness in the handling of the issue.
Daily Nigerian has so far published about three videos showing Ganduje allegedly receiving bribe from public works contractors in dollars. The Assembly summoned the publisher/editor-in-chief of the online newspaper, Jaafar Jaafar, to testify before the committee.
While appearing before the committee, Jafaar insisted that the videos were genuine, and expressed readiness to swear with the Quran to convince doubting Thomases.
Following Jafaar’s appearance, the committee summoned the governor to appear before it on Friday.