N950M Campaign Fund: Shekarau Denies Receiving N25M

Malam Ibrahim Shekarau

FORMER governor of Kano State and ex-Education Minister, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, has denied receiving N25 million from the alleged N950m campaign fund shared at his residence in Kano before the 2015 general elections.

Shekarau, who spoke to the press after his release from the custody of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Kano said he was ready to defend himself before any judicial body or court of law. He explained that somebody mentioned his name among top members of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who were given N25 million each to campaign for the former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said he challenged the person that indicted him before the EFCC operatives to prove the allegation that he collected the money.

He said: “I told the EFCC that even if it is one naira that I was accused of collecting, I will not pay until it is proved.

“Whoever gives me the money should come out and explain where, when and how he gave it to me and anything short of that, I am ready to stay with the EFCC for years until the allegation is proved.”

He said the operatives had searched his house and found nothing incriminating against him, adding that they had collected his account number for further investigation.

Shekarau said he was ever ready for any investigation and would not mind if the EFCC could trace his financial transactions in the last 20 years.

He said he was not above mistake, but was ready to face any investigation and where found wanting, he would defend himself.

He said as a politician, the development would turn to blessing to him and his followers, saying this was not a new thing in politics.

The former governor called on his followers to remain calm, noting that as a believer, he must accept destiny, be it good or bad.

The former governor and top members of PDP in Kano are being investigated over N950million shared at his residence for the 2015 electoral campaigns.

Shekarau also described his arrest and detention by the EFCC as trial of life. The two term former Governor of Kano said “I considered my ordeal as a normal thing for it could happened to anybody and it is only up to us to accept this in good faith.”