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  • Updated: April 25, 2024

How Ganduje hired fake NGO to discredit Governor Yusuf — Dawakin Tofa

How Ganduje hired fake NGO to discredit Governor Yusuf — D

The Spokesperson to Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa has revealed how former Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje allegedly hired a fake Nongovernmental Organization, NGO, to discredit his principal's administration.

Dawakin Tofa who was reacting to a publication by Tribune online that the state was worst governed and least performing in Nigeria described the claim as fake and malicious.

He noted that the publication, authored by one Taofeek Lawal who based his findings on an alleged report by the Centre for Democracy and Human Rights, CEDEHUR, was allegedly sponsored by Ganduje.

The Governor's spokesperson said: "Available records at both internet and CAC, confirmed that the NGO is not registered and in last few years of its illigal operation, it has engaged itself on various dubious and controvercial activities serving as a hired street dog."

He also urged Nigerian's to disregard the NGO, CEDEHUR, emphasizing that his principal, Governor Yusuf has achieved in one year what the Ganduje-led administration did not achieve.

The statement which was made available on Thursday partly reads: "Ganduje and his co-travellers who promote corruption are hiring fake NGOs who hide behind promoting good governance to share none existing reseaches in an attempt to damage the hard earned reputation of the arguably best performing governor in the 2023 new breeds of governors His Excellency Alh. Abba Kabir Yusuf.

"The former Governor of Kano state who did nothing in his eight year wasted tenure between 2015 and 2023 other than promoting political violence through hiring of thugs to distroy, miame, injure or kill innocent citizens.

"No matter the cover up, Ganduje must face the consequencies of his utterances during which he governed Kano recklessly, with nepotism, corruption and impunity as guiding principles. 

"As it is well known, performance evaluation is done using specific parametres against indicators which the so called NGO did not anyway meet the requirememt for rating the performance of any governor against another. 

"Therefore, we wish to dismiss in totality and declare the purported report as fake, malicious and ill intended to cover Ganduje's failure to make Kano great.

"Initially, we contemplated dismissing the report due to the questionable nature of the individuals associated with CEDEHUR. 

"However, upon further reflection, we opted to respond to prevent discerning Nigerians from being misled by the fabricated falsehoods propagated by dubious figures within CEDEHUR, who, in collaboration with the opposition and their backers, are engaged in a futile attempt to discredit the effective governance of His Excellency, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf.

"Undoubtedly, the report from CEDEHUR is not simply a piece of refuse; it is built upon malevolent, contrived, and unfounded information and misinformation sourced from the so-called "stakeholders" who were commissioned to distort truths and denigrate Governor Yusuf's administration. 

"Despite the global recognition of the ongoing socio-economic transformation in Kano, spanning various sectors such as education, healthcare, agriculture, infrastructure, and human development, it is evident that the members of CEDEHUR did not physically inspect Kano to ascertain the situation first-hand. 

"Instead, they chose to consort with politicians in Abuja and fabricate falsehoods for public consumption, following the exchange of monetary incentives.

"I strongly urge Nigerians to disregard CEDEHUR and their web of deceit, as Governor Yusuf has achieved within a year what the previous administration and the sponsors of CEDEHUR failed to accomplish in eight years.

"I challenge Ambassador Adebayo Lion Ogorry, who represented CEDEHUR at a Press Conference in Abuja aimed at tarnishing Governor Yusuf's administration, to provide tangible evidence of any lack of transparency and accountability in the Kano state government under Governor Yusuf's leadership. 

"On the contrary, Kano has maintained its reputation as one of the least corrupt states in Nigeria, with a renewed commitment to combating corruption through the revamped Kano State anti-corruption agency. 

"Furthermore, I challenge CEDEHUR to identify any political appointee in Governor Yusuf's cabinet who is undeserving of their role—there is unequivocally none.

"While the case of Mustapha Rabi'u Musa Kwankwaso, the Honourable Commissioner of Youths and Sports, may be raised, Governor Yusuf has consistently emphasized that Mustapha's appointment was based entirely on merit: his unwavering party loyalty, youthfulness, dynamism, intelligence, and qualifications make him apt for the Ministry. 

"The concept of political vendetta from CEDEHR eludes me, but I am convinced that no conscientious and responsive government would permit the extensive corruption perpetrated by the previous administration to go unpunished.

"We will in our endeavours to recover public assets and the billions of Naira embezzled by the prior administration."


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