Aso Villa Clinic mess not my fault, says Jonathan

Former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has faulted media reports claiming that the House of Representatives plans to probe his administration over N11.1billion State House Clinic budgets between 2015 to 2017, frowning that he is being perceived as if he had been in office since 1960 till the present time.

Saying that he was not responsible for the implementation of 2015 budget, Jonathan stated that he would therefore be the wrong person to answer questions on provisions of a budget he has nothing to do with.

This was contained in a statement issued on Friday by his Media Adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, which 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 at least 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.”

 

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