‘Stop Peddling Lies’ – Jonathan Tells Osinbajo over Embezzlement Claims
Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has fired back at Vice President Yemi Osinbajo over claims that the immediate past administration embezzled massive funds a few weeks to the 2015 general elections.
In a statement released by Jonathan’s former spokesperson, Reno Omokri, the ex-president challenged Mr. Osinbajo to publish evidence that the former president shared the alleged amount before the election, Premium Times writes.
Speaking at the 7th Quarterly Business Forum (QBF) held at the State House, Abuja on Monday, Mr. Osinbajo said N100 billion and a separate $289 million were embezzled by officials of the Jonathan administration through the strategic alliance contracts signed with the NNPC and NDPC.
Reacting to the claim, Omokri slammed Osinbajo as a habitual liar who has “again surrendered his lips to Satan to be used to spread slander and lies”.
He further stated that: “Nigerians may recall that lying is the most consistent achievement of Professor Osinbajo’s almost three years as vice-president.”
“On this most recent allegation by vice-president Osinbajo, let me state categorically that former President Jonathan did not share 150 billion two weeks to the 2015 election.
“If professor Osinbajo has proof that former President Jonathan did so, then we challenge him to publish his proof. He is a professor of law and ought to know that he who alleges must prove.
“Again, it is a lie from the pit of hell that the Jonathan administration spent only N14 billion on agriculture and N153 billion on infrastructure in three years as alleged by the fallacious Osinbajo.”
On infrastructure, Mr. Omokri said the Jonathan government performed far better than the way it is assessed by the present administration, adding that in less than three years, the present government has borrowed more than PDP borrowed in 16 years.
He said, “The Jonathan administration budgeted and spent over $10 billion on infrastructure in the 5 years between May 6, 2010 and May 29, 2015.
“The Buhari administration, which in less than three years has borrowed more money than the PDP borrowed in 16 years cannot point to even one major project they have started and completed.
“Both president Buhari and vice-president Osinbajo keep accusing the Jonathan administration of being corrupt and claim that they run an anti-corruption government.”
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