Aso Villa clinic probe: Ex-President Jonathan had nothing to do with 2015 budget implementation, says aide
Media adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze has faulted media reports which claimed that the House of Representatives planned to investigate the past administration of President Jonathan and the President Muhammadu Buhari government over N11.1 billion State House Clinic budgets between 2015-2017.
Eze in a statement issued Friday, however dismissed the report as a misrepresentation of facts, stressing that ex-President Jonathan had nothing to do with the implementation of the 2015 budget.
His statement reads: “The House of representatives resolved Thursday 12 October, 2015, to probe 2015-2017 allocations to Aso Rock Clinic and some media reports are needlessly dragging the name of former President Goodluck Jonathan into it. We had thought that the media should be the first to remind Nigerians that since Dr. Jonathan left office on May 29, 2015, he had absolutely nothing to do with the implementation of the budget for that year.
“For emphasis, the 2015 Appropriation Bill which was passed by the parliament in April was signed into law in May, 2015. And since the procurement process, based on the new procurement law, takes atleast three months to complete, there was no way Jonathan would have had anything to do with the budget implementation for 2015, before vacating Aso Rock Villa on May 29, 2015.
“Going by the way some people make insinuations on issues that border on the development of our country, it would appear as if Ex-President Jonathan had been in office since independence in 1960, and probably still be in charge today. We expect media houses to always do proper investigations to avoid the convenient choice of always using Jonathan as the scapegoat for the misdeeds of others.”
Media Adviser to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan