Shekarau Denies Collecting N25m For 2015 Jonathan’s Campaign
Former Governor of Kano State, who was also former Education Minister, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, has denied receiving any N25m from the alleged N950m campaign funds allegedly shared at his residence in Kano before the 2015 general elections in Nigeria.
The former ANPP presidential candidate, who spoke to the press after his release from the custody of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Kano, said he is ready to defend himself before any judicial body or court of law.
He explained that somebody mentioned his name among top members of Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) who were given N25m each for campaign for former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. He challenged the person that indicted him before the EFCC operatives to prove the allegation that he collected the money.
His word: “I told the EFCC that even if it is one naira that I was accused of collecting, I will not pay until it is proved. Whoever gives me the money should come out and explain where, when and how he gave it to me; and anything short of that, I am ready to stay with the EFCC for years until the allegation is proved.”
He said the operatives have searched his house and could not find anything incriminating against him, adding that they have collected his account number for further investigation.
Shekarau said he is ever ready for any investigation and would not mind if the EFCC can trace his financial transactions of 20 years back. He said even though he was not above mistake, he is ready to face any investigation and where found wanting he will defend himself. According to him, the development will turn to blessing to him and his followers, saying, “this is not a new thing in politics.”
The former governor, therefore, called on his followers to remain calm, noting that as a believer, he must accept destiny – be it good or bad. Shekarau and top members of PDP in Kano are being investigated over N950m allegedly shared at his residence for the 2015 electoral campaigns.