NNPP Hails Ganduje's Suspension, Says Its Welcome Development Against Corruption | Independent Newspaper Nigeria

2024-04-15 21:06:20

Independent Newspapers Nigeria

ABUJA - Less than 24 hours after the suspension of former Kano State governor, and National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Ganduje, by his ward in Dawakin Tofa local government area of Kano State, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has hailed the action as a "welcome development against corruption."

NNPP National Publicity Secretary, Oladipo Johnson on Monday in Abuja, said if the suspension of Ganduje was based on corruption, "then it's what we need in the country as a whole."

Recall that the Executive Council of Ganduje Ward led by Haruna Gwanjo disclosed on Monday that the former governor has to clear his name of corruption allegations regarding his long-standing Dollar case.

A viral video had captured Ganduje allegedly receiving bundles of dollar notes as a bribe from a man said to be a contractor and stuffing them in the pockets of his flowing gown.

The video, which garnered widespread attention in 2017, has been the subject of intense scrutiny.

Ganduje had denied the content of the video when it first surfaced and maintained his innocence but years after, the New Nigeria People's Party (NNPP)'s administration of Governor Abba Yusuf revisited the case, vowing to prosecute the ex-governor.

The Kano High Court would arraign Ganduje on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, on charges bordering on allegations of bribery, diversion, and misappropriation of funds, including the purported acceptance of $413,000 and N1.38bn in bribes.

The Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Haruna Dederi, had said Ganduje would be arraigned alongside his wife and six others.

The Yusuf administration, which initiated the criminal suit against the eight respondents, had declared its readiness to present 15 witnesses to testify before Justice Usman Na'aba of the State High Court.

However reacting to Ganduje's suspension, Johnson said, "As at the time the suspension was carried out, l have not read APC constitution. However we believe that the matter has to do with the internal affairs and internal workings of the party.

"But we might state that if truly the APC is thinking to stamp out corruption from its party by suspending its National Chairman and investigating him, then we must say kudos to them. This is what we need in the country as a whole.

"As you know, the former governor has a matter with members of his family before the court on Wednesday on corruption. So, this process is on and Nigerians are watching the ruling party to see how they will handle the entire situation.

"But as l said, it is the internal affairs of the APC and l haven't read their constitution so l don't know whether those who suspended him could have suspended him or not."

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