Ibrahim Shekarau, a two-time Governor of Kano State, said he has no house in Abuja apart from the one in his home state.
The ex-governor further claimed that he lives in a rented apartment in Abuja.
“I’m still renting in Abuja, yet to build my house in the state capital FCT,” he said.
Shekarau reacted to an allegation that he was given $1 million in a bid to push him out of Kwankwaso’s New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) to another undisclosed party. However, he described it as a rumour.
He stated this while engaging his followers, the Shura council, and committees on the looming crisis in the NNPP.
Shekarau claimed that monetary benefit can not influence him as he has spent more than 40 in public service.
“In my 42 years of being a leader, I was a principal of GSS Hadejia with 500 students and 64 teachers,” he claimed. “This hand has 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 a contract”
He added: “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 negotiated on a particular contract.
“I challenge every political appointee or contractor who brought one Naira to me. If it happens and he or she keeps quiet, I will not forgive him.
“As precious as the plot of land in Kano, I have never allocated one foot of land to myself in the past eight years of reign as a governor.
“It is not that we don’t like money, but our dignity is more important than wealth. Whoever knows any house outside the one built for me based on a pension agreement, I have given it to him”
Shekarau pointed out that he still maintains a good relationship with high-profile politicians within and outside the party and associating or visiting each other shouldn’t be an issue.
He argued that the recent comment credited to senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso necessitated him to brief his followers on the latest happening in the NNPP and the rumoured defection.