Goodluck Jonathan denies wasting millions

By Drum Digital
20 April 2015

Outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has denied spending two trillion Nigerian naira (over R100 billion) to win votes for his ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) during the recent general elections, the International Business Times has reported.

His denial comes after a Nigerian newspaper accused the outgoing president of doling out the cash to PDP officials and close aides in an attempt to win polling booths and local governments. Some officials allegedly used the cash to purchase expensive cars and other luxury items rather than distribute the funds to voters and groups.

The Punch, Nigeria’s most widely read newspaper, said Jonathan had set up a committee to audit how his PDP campaign funds were used after a disappointing outcome in the general elections, despite giving campaign coordinators, party members, government officials, special advisers, support groups, close aides and friends the money in cash.

“The President is not happy. They all went on property and car shopping. This was the most expensive election in the history of this country, yet there was no result,” a source close to Jonathan told The Punch on Sunday.

“The sad part was that even after the President lost on 28 March, more money was given to all of them to make up for the dismal outing by winning their states during the 11 April elections. But that turned out to be a bad decision because apart from losing the governorship election, we didn’t perform well in the other elections.”

Jonatha’s spokesman, Reuben Abati, released a statement after the story was published on Sunday, saying the allegations were “mischievous, false and embarrassing”, the Premium Times said.

Jonathan lost the presidential election to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) opposition party, Muhammadu Buhari.

Jonathan’s PDP also lost majority rule in both chambers of Parliament as well as more governorship and legislative positions to APC candidates in the 11 April gubernatorial elections.

Source: ibtimes

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