BY HALILU IBRAHIM DANTIYE
Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso of Kano state has described as imaginary and baseless the claim made by President Goodluck Jonathan that the state government cannot account for the money received from the Federation Account as all moneys collected by the state government was judiciously spent as every single kobo spent was properly recorded.
He stated this while meeting with APC stakeholders at Government House on Friday, pointing out that the President was only trying to judge everybody by his own standard.
The governor maintained that people of the state are satisfied with the way the money is being spent on life-changing projects that will stand the test of time, adding that the projects embarked upon by the government are genuine, extensive and verifiable.
Gov Kwankwaso said he has been looking for people who steal government’s money to punish and set example as his government has not and will never tolerate or encourage corruption.
“I challenge anyone, including the President, if he finds anybody who siphoned local or state government’s money to report to me and see what action my administration would take against the offender,” the governor said, pointing out that as the governor of Kano state he is not under the President, but under the people of Kano state who voted him into office, therefore, according to him, they are the ones that “have the right to query me not President Goodluck who is known to punish whistleblowers like our respected son Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.” He further pointed out that “in Kano we welcome whistleblowers and commend them for joining hands with government to fight corruption.”
Governor Kwankwaso, who lambasted the PDP for organizing a jamboree in the name of unity rally in Kano, recently, noted that the gathering, which was graced by President Goodluck Jonathan, was not attended by people from the state but outsiders, adding that even its so called stakeholders shunned the venue.
“These new associates of the President in Kano are not credible people, and do not have any supporters, therefore, they would only contribute to his failure and pave way for APC to win the 2015 general elections”, Kwankwaso stressed.
The governor then expressed satisfaction with the just concluded ward and local government elections of the APC in Kano describing it “as a step towards capturing the 44 local government areas of the state in the forthcoming elections.” He told promoters of APC candidates to support them in good faith as the present administration would not allow corruption through sharing of monthly grants or in whatever form in the councils as done by previous administrations.
Earlier the state APC interim chairman, Engr. Abdullahi Tijjani Muhammad Gwarzo who is also a former deputy governor of the state said that the APC’s wards and local government elections were conducted in peaceful manner.
In their respective remarks, Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya and the Deputy Minority Leader Hon. Kawu Sumaila appealed to party members to embrace unity as the only option for the rapid progress of the party in the state and the nation as a whole.