Sunday, April 19, 2015

Presidency denies spending N2tn on elections

The Presidency has denied spending or budgeting N2 trillion on the just concluded elections and described media reports making a round as suspicious and only the imagination of the authors, reports ITRealms.

According to the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr.  Reuben Abati, the Presidency and the People’s Democratic Party conducted the 2015 elections in strict accordance with the rule of law.

“The allegation of a theft of public funds is extremely malicious,” Abati said, noting that the annual budget of the Federal Government is a little over N4 trillion and wondered where and how the Federal Government should have used half of the estimated budget on elections.

He insisted that the story is practically suggesting that half of the federal budget was spent on elections.

“This kind of reckless insinuation is meant to incite the public and instigate national crisis,” he decried.

President Jonathan, he said, has done his best to protect and strengthen democracy and promote peace.

Abati pointed out that President Jonathan, deserves all the accolades that he has received from both Nigerians and the international community for this.

He alleged that certain persons and interest groups may not be happy that his profile has further risen and that his legacy is assured; but they do their country gross disservice when they act so unpatriotically.

“Anyone who is engaged in imposing a crisis on the country by any means is not being fair to Nigeria. We can only appeal to the public to be wary of such reckless tactics now on display, which form the substance of an odd, malicious campaign after the elections,” he said.

The presidential spokesman emphasised that the Presidency is particularly worried that since the March 28 and April 11 elections, some persons have continued to work very hard to diminish the Jonathan Presidency.

“They need to be reminded that the time for politics is over; it is now time to focus on the in-coming government, with emphasis on national development and moving the country forward,” he said.

 +Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) +Reuben Abati

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