Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has described as “fabrication” reports published by a section of the media that a federal high court in Abuja is considering an order to compel the EFCC to arrest his wife Hafsat.
According to the report, the governor’s wife was facing the possibility of being apprehended over her alleged role in $5 million dollar bribery scandal involving governor Ganduje.
But speaking through Ganduje, who spoke through Muhammad Garba, his commissioner for information, said the report was aimed at desecrating his candidature ahead of the 2019 elections.
In a statement on Tuesday, Garba said the Kano government was “deeply shocked by the antics of desperate politicians bent on denigrating the gubernatorial candidature of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in the forthcoming election by banking on a court order purportedly issued by an Abuja High Court, seeking an accelerated hearing in a suit to compel EFCC to arrest and prosecute Ganduje’s wife, Dr. Hafsat.
He also expressed surprise at the timing of the release of the court order ostensibly dished out to embarrass Dr. Hafsat Ganduje, saying that “the order is a fabrication and does not exist.”
It said to further indicate the extent of their desperation to mortify the person of Governor Ganduje and the APC government, the plaintiff in the suit, the Incorporated Trustees of Hope Development and Empowerment, filed the case in November 2018 and December 10 was fixed for mention but were neither in the court nor were their representatives, ‘’only for them to release the purported court order at this material time.’’
The statement indicated further, the arrest and prosecution of the governor’s wife and substitution of the governor’s name by the APC as its candidate in Kano were not included in the plaintiff’s prayers.
‘’The plaintiff requested the court order to grant substituted service of the writ of summon, hence for them to serve the defendants through Kano state Liaison House in Abuja which was what the court granted,’’ the statement added.
Garba said “the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice is handling the matter and called on the good people of Kano state and particularly members of the APC to remain calm in the face of this intimidation which will come to pass as did other evil machination by desperate politicians.”