Updated: February 26, 2021
Another video is currently trending on the social media, showing the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, reportedly collecting bribe from a contractor. Kano is the most populous state in northern Nigeria.
The two previous videos released by Daily Nigerian, an online newspaper, showing the governor reportedly also collecting bribe from an unknown contractor, appeared to be a hit job months to Nigeria’s general elections.
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Ganduje is an ally of President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress in northern Nigeria.
The videos did not involve specific conversations and no contractor or specific contracts were mentioned. No company had come forward to launch a formal complaint against Governor Ganduje and there is no court case on the bribery allegations.
But with Nigerian general elections beginning in February, many scandals had surfaced in recent months.
The publisher of Daily Nigerian, Jaafar Jaafar was invited by the lawmakers to testify, after the first two videos released by his medium went viral.
He was reported to have given many other videos to the lawmakers, showing the governor reportedly collecting bribe. But Jaafar Jaafar denied releasing the latest video, saying that Allah was his witness.
“I swore an oath with the Holy Quran before tendering the several videos at the Kano State Assembly and I could not have been responsible for the current video trending on social media. Therefore Daily Nigerian did not release any other video after the appearance before lawmakers,” Jaafar said, according to newswire, PRNigeria.
Before the appearance of the publisher at the Kano State House Assembly, Daily Nigerian had published two videos showing the governor receiving bundles of dollars and putting them into his white dress known as ‘babanriga’ in the northern part of Nigeria.
The latest trending video from anonymous source shows Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, allegedly receiving kickback from contractors, speaking audibly on those who have paid and others outstanding.
The unedited trending videos exposed the names of contractors, projects and the voice of the purported bribe giver. It also has the translation in English with dates and timelines. This time around Governor Ganduje appeared in Black Kaftan with his clear voice and that of the bribe giver.
Unlike the previous videos officially released by Daily Nigerian, the latest trending videos are suspected to have been released by other parties who could have had access to them after copies were released on request to critical stakeholders, especially security agencies and Kano State House of Assembly.