A Kaduna politician has earned praise after showing love to his community with a large stash of cash he received from presidential candidates at the recently concluded People’s Democratic Party national convention. opposition.
Tanko Rossi Sabo from Sanga Local Government Area told Peoples Gazette that he donated the money to his people because he felt they needed it more.
“I have donated about 13 million naira to fund the education of about 150 orphans, cover hospital bills for some elderly people and other donations,” Mr Sabo told The Gazette per phone Wednesday evening. “I am happy to help my people from the fruit of what I gathered during the convention in Abuja.”
Mr Sabo was among some 800 delegates from across the country certified to attend the PDP’s special convention which saw the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the party’s presidential candidate on May 29. The exercise was reportedly largely monetized by Mr. Abubakar. , his main challenger Nyesom Wike and 10 other contenders.
He told The Gazette he was relentlessly wooed by wannabes, with some offering him hotel rooms at excessive rates.
“Immediately arrived in Abuja, some applicants started calling me and some of them gave me 400,000 or 500,000 naira to go and stay at any hotel of my choice,” said Mr. .Sabo. “But I slept in my car instead of looking for a fancy place to sleep.”
Mr Sabo said the candidates were generous with their cash gifts, but added that he was able to return to his constituency with so much money because he was disciplined and austere in his spending during the convention.
“I would rather eat noodles and pepper soup than dine at the Hilton for more than 20,000 naira a plate,” Mr Sabo said, adding that his supporters praised his cautious nature.
On whether or not he could be questioned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for posting money received from delegates, an act considered not necessarily illegal but morally wrong, Mr. Sabo said that he had no fear or excuse for keeping his promise. what he did to his constituents to be elected as a national delegate.
“I’m not afraid of the EFCC because I spent the money I raised for my people,” he said. “Will the EFCC tell me that I haven’t done well paying school fees for orphans and hospital bills for the elderly who have no means of support?”
A spokesperson for the EFCC did not immediately return a request for comment.