Ibrahim Shekarau, former governor of Kano State and senator representing Kano Central, says he still lives in a rented house in Abuja.
The two-term governor and incumbent senator said this while refuting a report that he was given $1 million to dump the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
Recall that Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, NNPP Presidential Candidate, had raised some allegations against Shekarau.
But while engaging his followers, the Shura Council and committees on the situation of things in the NNPP, the senator said he would never betray his conscience.
He said, “Till date, I am not saying this for someone to hear, I still live in a rented house in Abuja. I pray God brings the money that I will build mine.”
“In my 42 years of being a leader, I was a principal of GSS Hadejia with 500 students and 64 teachers. This hand have signed and approved whatever amount of money one can think of. My Commissioners are all alive, I have never dictated in a council meeting who should be given contract.
“We have handled uncountable contracts with both foreign and local contractors, I challenge any contractor to come out and say there was a time we negotiate on a particular contract. I challenge every political appointee or contractor who brought one Naira to me. If it happens and he or she kept quiet, I will not forgive him.”
He added that while a plot of land is unarguably precious in Kano, he did not allocate one feet of land to himself in his eight years as governor.
“It is not that we don’t like the money, but our dignity is more important than wealth. Whoever knows any house outside the one built for me based on pension agreement, I have given it to him.”
Shekarau, further pointed that he still maintain good relationship with high profile politicians within and outside the party and associating or visiting each other shouldn’t be an issue.