By Emmanuel Aziken
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has denied claims of his involvement in the alleged partnership with former Deputy Speaker, Chibudom Nwuche in padding the Amnesty Office budget to the tune of N1 billion.
Rebuffing the claims in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Imam Imam, the governor said the aspect of the narrative as concerning him was completely false especially given the history of his discord with those involved.
The statement said:
“For the records, Tambuwal has never engaged in legislative, political, administrative or business relationship with the persons alleged in the story.
“Nwuche left the House of Representatives in 2003, the same year Tambuwal was elected into the National Assembly to represent Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal
Constituency in the House.
“He was not in the House of Representatives when Nwuche was in the House.
“The history of the frosty relationship between then Speaker Tambuwal and elements close to former President Goodluck Jonathan (which both Nwuche and Kingsley Kuku were prominent members), is well known to Nigerians.
“Speaker Tambuwal could not have had dealings with people who considered him antagonistic to the aspiration of their benefactor (Jonathan).
“There is no iota of truth in the story as it relates to Governor Tambuwal.”