The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lambasted Abdullahi Ganduje, Governor of Kano State, saying it is an irony for him to accuse the party of having corrupt intentions to rig the upcoming Edo State governorship election.
The PDP said this in a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, on Monday in reaction to comments by Governor Ganduje at the inauguration of the APC National Campaign Council for Edo State governorship election.
The Kano State Governor, who is the Chairman of the APC Campaign Council, had on Monday claimed that the PDP had poached Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, because they needed access to the state’s treasury in order to prosecute the election.
But the PDP said it is an anomaly for the governor to be accusing the party of corruption after a viral video in 2018 depicted him to have purportedly stuffed his robe with gratification in foreign currency.
According to the major opposition party, Ganduje is a barefaced treasury looter, who has no moral rectitude to speak on corruption.
The statement read: “It is a paradox that an individual who has earned himself the disgraceful public sobriquet of ‘gandollar’, after being caught collecting gratification, would attempt to accuse others of having intention of looting the treasury of a state.
“The PDP points out that it is only in a party like the APC, under a Buhari Presidency, that such a tarnished individual can be selected to speak in public, let alone lead a governorship election campaign.
“Apparently, Governor Ganduje and other APC leaders are so used to looting public treasuries that such is his first mental direction after his inauguration to lead the Edo governorship campaign.”
The PDP described Governor Ganduje and Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC candidate for the Edo governorship election, as “birds of the same feathers (that) flock together”.
The party further claimed that the governor has confirmed the real intention of the APC, which is to use Ize-Iyamu, who it described as a “morally embattled candidate”, for their desperate effort to regain access to Edo state treasury.
“Our party invites Governor Ganduje to note that there is no free dollars for him and other APC leaders to loot in Edo state.
“Under the PDP, the resources of Edo state, and indeed other PDP states, belong to the people and not to any political cabal and their godfathers.
“Moreover, Governor Ganduje, with his infamous “gandollar” video, is no match to the Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for the Edo election, Governor Nyesom Wike,” the statement added.