- There is currently a war of words between two former governors of Sokoto state
- Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, has challenged his predecessor, Attahiru Bafarawa, over comments suggesting he drained the state's resources
- Bafarawa claimed to have left N13.5 billion in the coffers of the state in 2007
A former governor of Sokoto, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, has challenged his predecessor, Alhaji Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, to present facts on the alleged N13.5 billion he (Bafarawa) claimed to have left in the coffers of the state in 2007.
This was contained in a statement sent to journalists and signed by Wamakko’s spokesman, Bashir Rabe Mani, on Tuesday, July 31.
Wamakko was reacting to a statement credited to Bafarawa, over a N13 billion alleged fraud filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), against him and two others.
He said the allegations made by Bafarawa were ‘‘baseless, unfounded and of no effect whatsoever. If the allegations in anyway hold water, Bafarawa should come out clean and present the facts for the whole to see.
“I never inherited any of such bogus money after I took over the mantle of the state from Bafarawa in 2007."
The statement further quoted Wamakko as saying that Bafarawa had, at a time boasted that, he (Wamakko) would never become the governor of the state.
“Happily and to the utter dismay of Bafarawa, I was massively voted for by the peace-loving and patriotic people of the state as their governor for two consecutive and successful tenures.
“In the same vein, I had plausibly, diligently and wonderfully performed as a two-term governor, while I bequeathed tangible legacies to the state. My two administrations were really unparalleled and my legacies, projects and programmes speak for themselves, while posterity would forever write my name in gold,” the senator added.
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Meanwhile, the EFCC has described as “shocking and unacceptable,” the ruling by Justice Bello Abbas of the Sokoto high court on Tuesday, July 31, which discharged and acquitted Bafarawa and four others of a 22 count charge of conspiracy, criminal misappropriation, theft and receiving of stolen funds.
Others acquitted alongside Bafarawa are Beedash Nigeria Limited, Nasdabap Nigeria Limited, Alhaji Nasiru Dalhatu Bafarawa and Alhaji Salihu Maibuhu Gummi.
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