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Probe Kwankwaso’s land-grabbing, misappropriations in Kano, APC tells Gov Yusuf

Probe Kwankwaso’s land-grabbing, misappropriations in Kano, APC tells Gov Yusuf

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State has exposed financial atrocities it claimed Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso committed while he was state governor from 1999 to 2003, and from 2011 to 2015.

APC therefore demands that those financial irregularities be investigated by the government of Governor Abba Yusuf, Kwakwaso’s political godson and son-in-law.

Reaction to inquiry commission

This demand was APC’s reaction to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the state government to investigate the immediate past administration of Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in the state.

READ ALSO: KANO’S COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY: Ganduje demands probe of Kwankwaso’s era

Kano State governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, on Thursday inaugurated two Judicial Commissions of Inquiry on cases of misappropriation of public property, political violence and missing persons in the state between 2015 to 2023.

The commission was expected to focus on the administration of Abdullahi Ganduje from 2015 to 2023, and APC holds the view that the timeframe was skewedly selective and discriminative against Ganduje.

APC claimed that about 70 per cent of government properties were sold or fraudulently allocated to friends and families of Kwankwaso, with Abba Yusuf, who was then a commissioner playing a role in the misappropriation.

READ ALSO: Kano govt files criminal charges against Ganduje, wife, son, others

A statement issued on Saturday by Kano State chairman of APC, Abdullahi Abbas, said interestingly sharing of the state assets happened right under the nose of Abba Kabir Yusuf when he was the Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport.

The statement failed to mention however that Ganduje was also an integral part of that government as deputy governor to Kwankwaso.

Partisan commissions?

The APC further observed that the composition of the commission’s membership reveals that it is made up of members of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) to which the governor and Kwankwaso belong.

“This singular act clearly shows that the commission has been assigned with a duty to witch-hunt and politically victimize the subjects of investigation in the unwarranted assignment,” the statement added.

READ ALSO: Kano’s Gov Yusuf sets up commissions to probe misappropriation, violence under Ganduje

It stated that the government should be upright in its dealings by not selfishly restricting its investigation to between 2015 and 2023.

“From 2011-2015, the controversial five-kilometre road projects in the 44 local governments were awarded and only for the funds to be misappropriated without the project being executed.

“During the same period under review, over N3 billions naira was also earmarked for a particular project but misappropriated by Kwankwaso during his Presidential Campaign in Lagos when N70 million was released by each local government,” it explained.

It added that just as it is claiming to be fair to all, the government should invite all the 44 local government council chairmen that served during the Kwankwaso administration to give account of what really transpired in order to unravel the mystery behind the misappropriated fund.

The statement cited instances of misuse of public funds when the Kwankwaso administration took a Machiavellian reform of the pension law to use over N4 billion naira from the Pension Trust Fund to misappropriate pensioner’s fund between 2011-2015 which impact is still revibrating on the pensioners in the state.

“While the All Progressives Congress (APC) will continue to be law-abiding, it will not, however, condone witch-hunt, political victimisation and persecution. The Government need to be reminded that the mentioned scandals will one day be investigated.”

Political violence

On the second commission to investigate political violence in the state before and during the last general elections, the APC chairman also made reference to violence allegedly perpetrated by the NNPP loyalists.

“Since 2019 when they were in the opposition, the people of Kano were very much aware of how elements of this government and it’s supporters have threatened the peace in the state. Even while in government, the violence perpetrated to celebrate it’s coming to power is still fresh in our minds,” he indicated.

He said key stakeholders in Gov Yusuf’s government that include the secretary to the state government, a commissioner and two advisers threatened to kill judges of the 2023 Election Petition Tribunal in a viral video, but nothing was done to assuage the situation.

“It is shocking and disturbing that despite the threat to lives meted out by one of the Commissioners against the Judicial officers his name was resubmitted to the Kano State House of Assembly for further confirmation as Commissioner and he has since been cleared by the said House.

“It is no doubt that the clearance of the said commissioner clearly demonstrates that evil deed is “viable venture” in the Government of Kano State because the doers are encouraged, appeased and rewarded abundantly.

“Between 1999 -2003, the violence that erupted in Kwankwaso town of Madobi local government when people objected to the crowning of Kwankwaso’s father with traditional title, lives were lost and properties vandalized.

“Members of the NNPP brandishing dangerous weapons including guns, shooting sporadically during campaigns as a result of which some were killed and many others injured in Gwarzo and Wudil”, the statement said.

 

 

Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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