The contractor behind the videos showing Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, allegedly receiving bribes, has said he is ready to testify before the state assembly panel investigating the matter.
In a letter he sent to the chairman of the investigative panel, through his lawyer, Saeed Muhd Twada, the contractor referred to as a ‘whistleblower’ said his allegation against Governor Ganduje is strictly personal and that he would appreciate if the governor also appears in person at the panel.
You will recall that Daily Nigerian, an online newspaper, had published multiple videos showing Governor Ganduje receiving kickbacks from contractors but the governor denied the allegations.
Following which, the Kano state house of assembly subsequently set up a seven-man committee to investigate the allegation.
In the letter, the unidentified contractor, said his appearance before the panel will be based on the fulfillment of some conditions.
According to him, one of the conditions is that all the video clips will be submitted to two experts for forensic analysis and report, one, a serving officer of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the other an expatriate, while their bills will be paid for by the state.
According to the letter, he listed other conditions thus:
“That a Certified True Copy of the Report(s) prepared by the experts shall be made available to our client prior to his appearance.
“That our client has undertaken to surrender to the experts, the device used in capturing all the events in the video clips submitted and others yet to be submitted for discreet analysis and scrutiny.
“That all the proposed questions to be asked by the panel in the anticipated session shall not be more than TEN (10) and shall be forwarded to our client in advance.
“That the sitting be restricted to limited persons and that our client should be allowed to wear mask, bear pseudo name and receive protection from authorities for himself, family and business undertakings”.
He requested that the panel must also have in attendance the governor, Jaafar Jaafar, publisher of Daily Nigerian newspaper, and one Aminu Daurawa.
Jaafar had appeared before the house of assembly panel in October and insisted that the videos were authentic.
The governor was also invited but failed to appear in person and sent the state commission of information and the state attorney general to represent him.
And on Monday, November 5, 2018 a high court in Kano ordered the state house of assembly to stop investigating the allegations against Governor Ganduje following a legal action undertaken by a pro-democracy group called Lawyers For Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria.
However the panel has insisted that it will continue with the probe.