Plans are underway by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to institute a legal action against the state governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, for expending N2.7 billion on Ramadan gift, North-West zonal ex-officio of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)Alhaji Farouk Ahmed has said. Speaking to Daily Trust at the weekend, Alhaji Farouk, who is representing Zamfara State at the North-West forum of the PDP, said they would soon present a petition to the EFCC and ICPC against the Zamfara State government over the expenditure.
“It is not justifiable for a state government to expend such a huge amount of money on gifts when critical infrastructure in the state are begging for attention. It is unnecessary and irrational. When the PDP government spent N300 million on Ramadan items during the Shinkafi administration, the present governor, Abdulaziz Yari and Senator Ahmed Sani Yarima, wrote a petition against the governor to the EFCC. The Commissioner of Religious Affairs, Tukur Sani Jangebe, went to the EFCC in Abuja over 10 times following the petition of the duo. It is surprising that the same persons are now claiming to have spent N2.7 billion on unnecessary expenditures. It just a gimmick to corner the money of the people of Zamfara,” he said.
He said the party has engaged legal practitioners to institute a legal action against the state governor in law court to challenge him and his administration on the expenditure.
“We are not stopping here, we are working on our petition for the EFCC and ICPC, because we have realised and discovered that the grains and cloth distributed to the people were less than the amount they are claiming to have spent. Our investigation has shown us where they bought the items from and the quantity. The items were purchased from a Katsina based business mogul,” he added.
On 2015, he said they have since gone back to the drawing board mapping out strategies with a view to reclaiming what he described as, “our stolen mandate”.
Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Birnin Magaji, had during the Ramadan fast said that the state government purchased and distributed 84,000 bags of rice, 33,600 bags of sugar, 12,600 bags of millet, 8,400 bags of maize and 8,400 bags of sorghum.