The Senator representing Kano Central, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has admitted being aware of the video which showed his successor, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State allegedly receiving wads of dollar bribes from some contractors, stressing that he did everything possible to stop the release to the public to no avail.
Speaking while featuring on a live programme on Aminchi FM in Kano yesterday, Kwankwaso said he pleaded with the Publisher of the online newspaper, Daily Nigerian, which released the video, but noted that they refused to heed his plea.
His words: “I was aware of the video clips before they were released to the public and I pleaded that they should not be released, but they didn’t listen to me.
“I am not happy that the video clips were made public because it is an embarrassment to the state and its people, including myself.”
News of release of the video, which was recorded in 2017, broke last October after the governor was accused of collecting $5 million described as bribe from some contractors operating in the state, who were said to have recorded the development.
The governor reacted immediately, denying collecting money from any contractor, even as he said it was a calculated attempt to impugn his person.
However, the state House of Assembly summoned the Publisher of the online newspaper, Jaafar Jaafar, to appear before an ad hoc committee set up to investigate the incident and submit clips of the video, which he did.
The Governor was, thereafter, invited by the committee, after he had threatened to sue the online newspaper. Instead of appearing before the committee in person, Governor Ganduje sent his Information Commissioner, Mohammed Garba, to stand in for him.
Ganduje later sued the online newspaper for N3 billion, despite earlier intervention by the House of Assembly that he should not do so.