This was said by the ex-governor in response to the corruption case that made him the first victim of a court ruling since the return of democracy in 1999.
Ngilari, who governed the North Eastern state for a brief period between October 2014 and May 2015, was convicted of corruption and sentenced to prison after leaving office.
The former governor made the remarks while appearing as a guest on Trust TV’s Daily Politics program.
When asked if he had “like N1bn of your own?” he replied, “If I see N1bn now, I will faint.”
In fact, the good thing is that the greatest difficulty for a person who tries to be honest and righteous is that you gather so many enemies. Till tomorrow, I say it boldly without fear or favour, if you take the proceedings of the courts that arraigned me on a five-count charge, there is not one count of the five that said I took one naira or diverted one naira, not one, he said.
He further said that after losing the governorship seat, he wanted to contest as a senator in the following election year, but could not because the delegates in his party were asking for N1m each.
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In fact, I tried to contest for the Senate too under APC. I went round, toured everywhere for two, three days to the primary election, I called and reached out to the delegates through my director general and my coordinators.”