GandujeGate: Kano refutes video clip, drags online platform to court

[FILE PHOTO] Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State. Photo/ NAN

Kano state government has instituted criminal charges against an online media Daily Nigerian and publisher of the platform for defamation of character on Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The legal action follows a video footage released by the news platform which the government believed to have been cloned and mischievously doctored to portraying Ganduje receiving gratification from unidentified persons.

The news plafrom, Daily Nigeria, in an exclusive story published on Thursday accused the Ganduje of receiving $5,000 bribe from some contractors handling projects in its state. Less than 24 hours ago, the online platform dropped a short video footage that went viral on social media revealing an image allegedly portraying the Governor collecting money from unidentified person.

In a statement signed by the commissioner for Information, Mallam Muhammad Garba, said “The Office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice is challenging the implausible and eccentric posting of the cloned video that went viral in a court of law considering the gravity of the caricature, which indicates the extent to which mischievous elements can go to discredit public figures by wielding non-existent scandals against them”.

mere observation of the cloned video has clearly shown that the footage is doctored and disjointed with no material facts or evidance to prove the allegations”, insisting that the callous attempt of the publisher to tarnish the hard earned image of the office and the person of Governor Ganduje would not be tolerated.”

Garba further reinstated that the Governor never never involved in such graft. He said ‘that the alleger is a serial blackmailer and extorter. We are also aware that the hidden motive is to reduce the popularity of the Governor and consequently affect the anticipated quantum of APC votes from Kano in the 2019 general elections.

“While the state government is taking the legal action, we wish to assure the good people of Kano that His Excellency will remain focus and continue with laudable programmes that will add value to the lives of the people of Kano State. We also call on the general public, especially members of the APC to remain calm and always be law abiding”. The statement read.

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