From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
The Kano State Government has denied withdrawing the sum of N233.5 million in order to buy votes ahead of the forthcoming governorship re-run election in the state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday declared the state’s governorship election as inconclusive because the number of cancelled votes exceeded the margin between the two leading contenders, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC).
However, on Wednesday, some documents were leaked, showing the state Ministry for Local Government directing the manager of Unity Bank Plc, Kano Head of Office to approve the withdrawal of N233.5 million and credit same to respective accounts of 13 Local Government Areas of the State.
The documents which went viral, raised eyebrows within the State, especially the opposition that the money was meant to buy votes ahead of the supplementary election, scheduled to hold on March 23.
Reacting to the allegation, the state Commissioner for Local Government, Murtala Sule Garo described the speculation as baseless and unfounded.
Speaking to newsmen in his office yesterday, Garo said the money was withdrawn purposely to execute some projects across the local government area under review.
According to him, there are ongoing renovation works at some places in the local council areas, challenging those the peddle the rumour to go and see how the money would be used.
He pointed out that among the 13 local government areas, there are about five of them where the re-run election would not take place, stressing that the fund were released to execute projects in the areas.
“You know politics, always allegations here and there. This money is not meant to buy votes. It is withdrawn for projects executed by the government around those areas.
“For instance, there are certain local government among these 13 beneficiary areas that the bye election will not even hold. But some oppositions are peddling rumour that we withdrew the money to buy votes.
“I challenge everybody, including you the journalist to go to the areas and see how the money is used. You will see the projects going on,” Garo said.
The commissioner added that, “the government of Abdullahi Umar Ganduje don’t attach politics to governance. These are projects executed for the benefits of the masses, how would people politicise
it. We are running a transparent government under the able leadership of Ganduje,” said Garo