Kano State Governor, Dr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, has dismissed the statement by President Goodluck Jonathan that the state government cannot account for the money received from the Federation Account, saying he is not running a wasteful and corrupt administration.
Kwankwaso, responding to Jonathan’s allegation during a rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano on April 15, told All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders at a meeting at the Government House weekend that the president was only trying to judge everybody by his own standards.
The president, at the rally, accused the governor of not being able to account for over N225 billion collected from the Federation Account as local government allocations and of embezzling funds given to him during the PDP presidential primaries to pay allowances to party delegates from the state.
But the governor, in rejecting the allegations, said people of the state were satisfied with the way his administration is handling public funds, which were being spent on projects that will stand the test of time and add value to the lives of the people.
He said he had been looking for corrupt public officials to punish them as a demonstration of his government’s intolerance for 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 added.
According to him, as governor, he is not under the president, but under the people of the state who voted him into office.
He explained that since he derives his mandate from the people, 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.”
Kwankwaso, who lambasted the PDP for organising a jamboree in the name of unity rally in Kano, said the gathering, which was not attended by people from the state but outsiders, adding that even the party’s 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 the way for APC to win the 2015 general election,” Kwankwaso said.
The governor expressed satisfaction with the just-concluded ward and local government congresses of the APC in Kano, describing them “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 unconditionally 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.