Kano State government has dismissed allegations by the former Commissioner for former Land, Alhaji Farouk Bibi Farouk that his court trial was as a result of his refusal to fund the leadership crisis that rocked the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
Bibi Farouk had told newsmen recently, shortly after a court hearing in Kano over his alleged involvement in land racketeering, that he was being tried because he failed to realease N10million to Kano APC.
Reacting, Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, in a statement on Tuesday described Bibi Farouk’s claims as, “false, laughable, cheap blackmail and the ranting of a sinking man.”
According to Garba, “Kano state government is surprised that somebody like Bibi Farouk could go to the extent of concocting lies to gain the sympathy of the public.
“To put the records straight, there was never a time Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje held a meeting with Bibi Farouk or any other Commissioner for that matter, asking for the remission of N10 million from the Ministry of Land.
“The genesis of the crisis that rocked the APC leadership in the state is in public domain and the facts are there for people to verify. Today, APC in Kano remains one family as all the leadership crises have been carefully resolved.
“We have duly elected leaders who emerged in the just concluded congresses which have been adjudged as the most peaceful and hitch-free in the country. Those who instigated crisis in the party know themselves and Bibi Farouk should know better.
“So, we urge him to face his trials in the court and defend himself from the charges against him. The administration of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje does not and will not condone corruption. Anybody who is found wanting should be ready to face the music no matter how highly placed,” the statement concluded.