The recent video clip released by Nigeria Daily, an online media, which allegedly linked Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State to a corruption of $5 million bribery has been described as a drama or a child’s play.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Matters, Alhaji Ali-Baba Agamalafiya made the assertion while speaking to our correspondent in Kano.
Alhaji Ali-Baba also said such attempt was intended just to smear the reputation of the governor having become very popular not only in the state but the country at large.
According to him, it is normal for such popular people to encounter such accusations especially when general elections are approaching where some people normally resort to cheap blackmail to score political point.
He said as it could be recalled that former governors of the state in persons of Malam Ibrahim Shekarau and Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso had suffered some blackmails during such periods under review.
He specifically noted that Malam Shekarau was, at the eve of his re-election, accused of having a hand in the death of Sheikh Ja’afar Mahmud Adam, while Engr. Kwankwaso was blamed for that of the wife of late Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi.
On the issue of the allegation against Governor Ganduje, Alhaji Ali-Baba posed some questions on how true the video clip is, saying that it just showed that the issue happened at the governor’s parlour, going ahead to ask must he stand up before putting the money in his pocket?
He doubted the authenticity of the clip, stating that no rational person could believe in it.
He explained that even he himself, there was an accusation leveled against him recently a newspaper (not The Triumph), which reported that he gave a directive to Imams in the state that they should not dare join in the video clip’s discourse, debunking such rumour as untrue, reiterating that he has never issued such a directive, adding that when the issue started, he was taken ill.
Alhaji Ali-Baba vowed to take legal action should the said newspaper refused to apologise to him.