SOKOTO GOVERNOR TAMBUWAL DENIES INVOLVEMENT IN 1BILLION NAIRA BUDGET PADDING SCANDAL

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has denied a report linking him with an alleged padding of Amnesty Office budget to the tune of N1billion alongside a former Deputy Speaker, Chibudom Nwuche. He stated that the report was false, mischievous and without basis.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Imam Imam, the governor said he had never engaged in legislative, political, administrative or business relationship with the persons alleged in the story.

An online newspaper, Sahara Reporters, had reported that Nwuche in 2012 and 2013 allegedly solicited for N1 billion from the office of the Presidential Amnesty Program on behalf of Tambuwal, who was then the Speaker of the House of Representatives, in order to ensure a passage of the Amnesty office budget. However, Imam said, “there is no iota of truth in the story as it relates to Governor Tambuwal.”

The statement reads: “The attention of Sokoto State Governor, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has been drawn to a story published by SAHARA REPORTERS alleging that he helped a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chibudom Nwuche, to receive some illegal payments from the Amnesty Office.

“The story, as it relates to Tambuwal, is false, mischievous, and without basis. For the records, Tambuwal has never engaged in legislative, political, administrative or business relationship with the persons alleged in the story. “Nwuche left the House of Representatives in 2003, the same year Tambuwal was elected into the National Assembly to represent Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency in the House.

He was not in the House of Representatives when Nwuche was in the House” Imam noted further that, “The history of the frosty relationship between then Speaker Tambuwal and elements close to former President Goodluck Jonathan (which both Nwuche and Kingsley Kuku were prominent members), is well known to Nigerians.

“Speaker Tambuwal could not have had dealings with people who considered him antagonistic to the aspiration of their benefactor (Jonathan). There is no iota of truth in the story as it relates to Governor Tambuwal,” the statement said.

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