Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has reversed himself, saying he never donated a sum of N10 million to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).
In a statement sent to reporters on Monday via email, Ganduje’s spokesman Ameen Yassar, said the governor had donated a sum of N10 million to the EFCC, ICPC and the Athletes’ Federation of Nigeria (AFN) to organize a marathon to honour President Muhammadu Buhari for his fight against corruption.
However, hours after the statement was issued the EFCC rejected the governor’s donation saying the comission does not receive donations from governors/governments or any individual.
In his latest comments on the issue, Ganduje who again spoke through his spokesman Ameen Yassar said the claim that he had donated N10 million to the EFCC and ICPC was “mischievous and a misrepresentation of the press release issued earlier” by his office.
“Our attention has been drawn to media reports, credited to some online media, that the Kano state Government has donated N10 million to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, for the upcoming National Anti-Corruption Marathon tournament.
“The claim is entirely false, mischievous and a misrepresentation of the Press Release issued earlier on by this office.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Kano state government did not and does not intend to contribute money to EFCC, ICPC or any other anti- corruption agency for any reason whatsoever.
“It must, however, be made clear that Kano state government donated N10 million to the organizers of the Marathon tournament Fair Play Sports International Agency.
Fair Play Sports is a private entity that organized the marathon with EFCC, ICPC, Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, National Olympic Committee and other anti-corruption stakeholders as partners,” the governor’s statement added.