Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has promised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) a bruised nose in the coming September 19 gubernatorial elections, adding, to boot, that the ruling party in the State is only interested in the Edo government treasury.
Angered, the PDP has resuscitated allegations of his collecting and stuffing his gown with dollars in a video that went viral months ago.
In a statement titled, “You are A Barefaced Treasury Looter…’Gandollar’ Cannot Happen In Edo” the party described him as a barefaced treasury looter, who has no moral rectitude to speak on corruption.
Ganduje had told journalists at the APC Secretariat in Abuja: “We know PDP made Wike their chairman, I assure you, we will isolate Wike in an isolation centre and before he recovers, the election is over. The PDP decided to accommodate our former Governor in Edo State not because they have anything in common, not because they share some feelings, but simply because he is managing the treasury of Edo State and they want him to use that treasury in order to win the election. But I assure you the people of Edo State are watching they know that somebody who as assisted in 2016 to win an election, somebody who was given every cooperation to succeed in Governance of Edo State without doing much for the people, at the end of it, he’s taken the treasury and now handed it over to PDP in order to win the election.”
Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP spokesman said it is as a huge irony that Governor Ganduje, who has become a butt of national shame after being seen on viral video stuffing his robe with gratification in foreign currency, to accuse the PDP of corruption intentions in the Edo state governorship election.
He added, “It is a paradox that an individual who has earned himself the disgraceful public sobriquet of “gandollar”, after being caught collecting gratification, would attempt to accuse others of having intention of looting the treasury of a state.
“The PDP points out that it is only in a party like the APC, under a Buhari Presidency, that such a tarnished individual can be selected to speak in public, let alone lead a governorship election campaign.
“Apparently, Governor Ganduje and other APC leaders are so used to looting public treasuries that such is his first mental direction after his inauguration to lead the Edo governorship campaign.
“Governor Ganduje has further confirmed the real intention of the APC, which is to use their morally embattled candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu (of course, birds of the same feathers flock together) for their desperate effort to regain access to Edo state treasury, after Governor Godwin Obaseki liberated the state from the stranglehold of APC treasury-looting godfathers.
“Our party invites Governor Ganduje to note that there is no free dollars for him and other APC leaders to loot in Edo state.
“Under the PDP, the resources of Edo state, and indeed other PDP states, belong to the people and not to any political cabal and their godfathers.
“Of course, this is why the people of Edo state are solidly behind Governor Obaseki for firmly resisting APC looters.
“Moreover, Governor Ganduje, with his infamous “gandollar” video, is no match to the Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for the Edo election, Governor Nyesom Wike.
“Whereas Governor Wike is a highly respected, upright, honest, transparent, people-based and development-driven leader, who is firmly in touch with the people of Edo state and enjoys their confidence and trust, Governor Ganduje, on the other hand, represent a leadership that is fraught with dishonesty, corruption, non-performance and public shame.
“The PDP therefore counsels Governor Ganduje and the APC to quietly perish the thoughts of looting Edo state treasury like they are doing in APC controlled states, as the people of Edo state will humiliate them in the September 19 election.”
Ganduje, after the inauguration of Edo State Campaign Committee he heads added, “First of all, seeing is believing, by looking at the composition of this Committee, you know that APC is ready for the election, you know that APC will make do everything possible to win this important election.
“The reason why I’m saying that, you know the composition of this Committee we have all war veteran in politics who are ready to do…and we have young people who are just coming out from election and are ready to go back into the processes of election again. And we have all the horses who never missed their targets
“So, we assure you, the composition of this campaign council is strong and we are ready to do the job.
“The main purpose of this committee is to provide enabling environment for all our party men and even non-party men, members of the public to appreciate our party based on their conscience and based on their ideological believe that APC is the answer in Edo State.
“So we are assure you we shall create enabling environment for a peaceful election.
“We know the opposition is planning to rig the election, we know their tactics, we know there methodology and we shall dismantle all their tactics to ensure that we win this election…
“The people of Edo State will not accept this treachery. The people of Edo State on the 19th September will come out enmasse and vote APC.”