President Muhammadu Buhari has said Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Gandjue, under the Nigerian law, is innocent until proven guilty by the courts, adding that he also enjoys immunity from prosecution as a sitting governor.
Mr. Buhari said this in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Thursday as he responded to criticisms that he shielded his political associates like Ganduje from prosecution in the face of damning evidence.
Interestingly, the president did not extend the same presumption of innonence in the case of the embattled Chief Justice of the Federation, Walter Onnoghen, who is accused of false assets declaration.
In any case, at an All Progressives Congress (APC) rally in Kano on Thursday Mr. Buhari raised up the hand of Ganduje for his second term bid before supporters.
“Despite some of the suspects being close to the President, he had not shielded them from investigation, administrative suspensions and prosecution”, the statement added.
As a sitting governor, Ganduje enjoys immunity from prosecution in his own right.
“Furthermore, under Nigerian laws, a suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
“In the circumstances, the matter is in court and the President has no power to dictate to the court or the Kano State House of Assembly, which is already investigating the matter, about what to do with the allegations against Ganduje,” the statement partly read.