The presidency yesterday took on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and those it called the party’s agents over their position on the relief released to state governments by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, accused the party of creating unnecessary controversy over “the well-intentioned effort” of the president.
He described as “banal and ludicrous,” the claim by the party’s spokesman, Olisa Metuh, that the past government should be given credit for saving the money that was disbursed.
The statement reads in part, “Mr. Metuh’s claim that a significant amount of the funds came from savings accumulated in the Excess Crude Account and handed over to the Buhari administration is completely false and deliberately intended to mislead the public.
“As we clearly stated on Tuesday, the funds approved by President Buhari for sharing to the three tiers of government on Monday, came entirely from dividends and taxes paid to the Federation Account by the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG), not from the Excess Crude Account.
“The disbursed NLNG dividends and taxes were paid into the Federation Account in June this year and confirmed by the central bank’s statement to the Federal Government on July 7, 2015.
“The funds cannot, therefore, be considered ‘savings’ by the Jonathan administration, which left office in May 2015, as disingenuously claimed by Mr. Metuh.”