- Ganduje gave approval of landed property to INEC officials
- INEC officials ignored calls
In the latest allegation, Daily Nigerian, the online media that exposed Ganduje in 2018 via a series of video clips where the governor was caught collecting dollars, has released another detailed report of how the APC governor ordered allocation of plots of land to INEC officials shortly before the commencement of March 9, 2019 governorship election.
According to Daily Nigerian report, top official of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in Kano State, were bribed by urgently allocating plots of land to Kano is one of the states where supplementary election will be holding today.
The online platform detailed how Ganduje granted the approval to “some top officials” of INEC on the eve of the general election.
Leaked copies of papers of the approval and the location of the plots of land were also obtained by the publication.
Accordingly, Mr Ganduje, on February 5 directed the Permanent Secretary of the Kano State Bureau for Land Management, Muhammad Yusuf-Danduwa to process the allocation.
It’s gathered that Ganduje is the de facto commissioner of Land since the integration of the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning with Kano, which gives him powers on government landed property.
It was also gathered that the Geographic Information System, KANGIS, in June 2007, gave birth to the Kano State Bureau for Land Management.
The governor was said to have order the permanent secretary to “process early”.
The allocation for the plots is Umarawa, Bandirawo and other places have been approved by the governor.
There have been no response from Mr Yusuf-Danduwa neither INEC spokesman in Kano, Garba Lawan, has responded.
The INEC spokesman was said to have directed inquiry to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Riskuwa Shehu.
No response has been got from any officials at the time of publication.
Mr Ganduje’ biggest contender, Abba Kabir-Yusuf of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was leading as at last count before INEC plunged the state to supplementary election.
According to INEC, the re-run election would take place in 28 local government areas, with 75 registration points in 207 polling units whose results were all cancelled.
A total of 128,324 registered voters are expected to participate in the rerun elections in all the affected areas.
With the latest bribery scandal involving Ganduje, he may face EFCC prosecution if he lost today’s election. If he won, then the anti-graft agency will have to wait till he completes his term in 2023.
Whatever the case is, Ganduje has just been plunged into another integrity controversy.
Recalled that at the peak of his bribery video, he was adjudged the best governor.