President Goodluck Jonathan has described as “mischievous, false and embarrassing”, reports that he spent N2tn for campaigns ahead of the just-concluded general elections, and denied setting up any committee to conduct an audit of how the elections funds were disbursed by party members and state officials.
President Jonathan who made the clarification in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said with the country’s budget being a little above N4tn, the story suggested that half of the federal budget was spent on elections.
This insinuation, he argued, was meant to incite the public and instigate a national crisis.
Abati said the Presidency was worried that since the March 28 and April 11 elections, some persons had continued to work very hard to diminish the Jonathan Presidency.
He said such people needed to be reminded that the time for politics was over and it is time to focus on the in-coming government, with emphasis on national development.
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