Jonathan Denies Spending ₦2 trillion on Campaign

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, outgoing president, has denied spending N2 trillion for electioneering campaigns for his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the recently concluded general elections.

The president stated this in an official reaction to media reports suggesting that Jonathan was concerned about how campaign funds were spent without the desired victory in the polls and has called for a probe.

Reacting to such reports, Reuben Abati, Presidential spokesman told journalists in Abuja that “The President has not set up any committee as alleged in that story. It is also not true that the Presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party used state funds, or spent N2 trillion during the campaigns,” he said.

Abati who said the Presidency did not disclose an official amount spent for the elections, alleged that the story was meant to ridicule the president. “We are particularly worried that since the March 28 and April 11 elections, some persons have continued to work very hard to diminish the Jonathan Presidency,” he said.

Jonathan lost the March 28 presidential elections to Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC. The president’s party also lost the majority in both chambers of the parliament as well as losing more state executive and legislative positions to the APC.

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