Centrum Initiative for Development and Fundamental Rights Advocacy (CEDRA), a Kaduna based Civil Society Organisation, has forwarded a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), calling for the investigation of Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i over alleged N3 billion contact scam.
The petition, which was submitted on Friday, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Chairman of the organisation, Dr. John Danfulani, alleged that el-Rufai’s administration is tainted with ‘nepotism, cronyism and proxism’, saying the governor awarded contracts to the tune of N3 billion to his immediate family.
The petitioner said the governor was involved in contract splitting in four local government areas of Kaduna state to enable his cronies to benefit, thereby breaching provisions of Public Procurement Act. “Kaduna governor was involved in contract splitting, cornering of contracts through fronts, members of the el-Rufa’i family and cronies,” he said.
Most worrisome, according to the petition, was the governor’s alleged refusal to advertise bids, adding that those contracts lacked transparency, while the contracts had been abandoned at various stages.
“It is incontrovertible and impeccable that persons and companies that illegally and unethically got these contracts abandoned them at various times,” Dr. Danfulani said.
The petition explained further that since the major focus of the present administration is fighting corruption, then the investigation of el-Rufa’i is in the interest of Kaduna people.
“Fighting corruption is a major pillar of President Muhammadu Buhari administration because of his never say die determination to cleanse the system of corruption in Private and public sectors,” he added.