“We cannot comment on a matter that is already before a law court” – APC.
Calls have mounted for Mr Ganduje, 68, to step, but he appears defiant so far. Critics argue that the governor has, at best, violated money laundering laws by handling at least $230,000 (over N82 million) in cash.
Both the police and the anti-graft EFCC separately said, they could not immediately commence investigation into the videos.
Publisher of Daily Nigerian, the online medium that released Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s controversial bribe videos, Jafaar Jafaar, has urged the anti-corruption agencies to take legal action against the governor as a proof of the impartiality of the war against corruption. Jafaar stated this in an interview with THISDAY.
The Abuja-based journalist said the videos, which appear to show Ganduje, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as Buhari, collecting bribes from contractors, was a litmus test for the federal government and APC.
He said, “This is a litmus test. If the APC government, the government that has been preaching the gospel of anti-corruption, preaching the gospel of sincerity, preaching the gospel of equality, fails to do anything about something of this magnitude, then the fight against corruption is just a ruse. He stated that Ganduje should be punished to serve as deterrent other Governors who in the habit of collecting bribes from contractors.
“As a responsible administration that is fighting against corruption, he should also at the top institute another independent (investigative) panel to find out the truth in this matter.”
Jafaar, who spoke from a safe house following alleged threat to his life, said his decision to release the videos was driven by patriotic causes.