- Reports of an alleged video showing Kano governor Ganduje concealing bribe said to have been placed on a billboard in Edo state is false
- After initially reporting the story following the reaction by Ize-Iyamu, APC's Edo governorship candidate to the said video, Legit has learned that no such event occurred
- The regrettable error has been rectified
The claim that a group of unknown people has placed the video of Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano state pocketing dollars on a big billboard has turned out to be false.
Legit.ng recalls that the Kano governor was in 2018 embroiled in a corruption scandal after a video surfaced appearing to show him pocketing dollars in what was said to be bribe from public works contractors.
The governor could be seen collecting the dollars before rolling them into his white dress, “babariga,” in one of a series of questionable deals allegedly struck over a span of several months.
But the tweet below by Deji Adeyanju and many others that trended on Twitter have now proved to be false.
Legit.ng, Nigeria's number online media that dedicates extreme efforts towards news verification and fact-checking of reports was sadly misled when Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC candidate in the oncoming Edo election, reacted to the alleged video-on-billboard event as if it was real.
Ize-Iyamu had accused the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki of using dirty tactics to distract electorates in Edo state.
Ize-Iyamu, a Redeemed Christian Church of God pastor, also described the viral video as 'disputed.'
A Nigerian media, which first published the video, said the alleged $230,000 collected by the governor was part of a series of cash advances to the governor in a total bribery deal of $5 million.
In January 2019, this publication reported that a suit seeking the investigation into bribe allegation as portrayed in a series of videos was dismissed by a Federal High Court sitting in Kano.
Ahead of the gubernatorial election in Edo state scheduled for September, the scandalous video has been put on a big billboard where it can be seen by commuters and motorists.
A social activist, Deji Adeyanju shared the video on his Twitter account on Thursday, July 9.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, has taken his pound of flesh back on Governor Ganduje of Kano following the latter's "isolation centre" comment.
In what started as a political jibe highlighting the campaign into the Edo state gubernatorial election, Governor Ganduje had said that his Rivers counterpart will be "isolated" till the end of the election.
But in his reaction, Wike who is the chairman of Obaseki campaign council for Edo election said “antics and shenanigans” cannot distract PDP from taking over the south-south state.
The Rivers governor said Ganduje should be the one in the isolation centre because he was caught red-handed pocketing dollars in his babariga cloth.
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