Half a loaf is a better than none and President Goodluck Jonathan will rather have that.
Following the defeat suffered by the president and his party, the
Peoples Democratic Party, during the March 28 and April 11 elections, he
has asked the party and government officials who handled campaign funds
to refund monies not spent, or those not judiciously expended.
Punch newspaper reports that the president has also set up a committee of five to get those with the funds to return them.
Sources within the party and government told the news portal that
President Jonathan was disturbed that despite giving campaign
coordinators, ministers, special advisers, close aides and friends,
support groups and traditional rulers over N2trn in cash, most of them
could not deliver their polling booths and local governments.
The President was said to have been further irked by the results of
an investigation he ordered. The probe showed that some coordinators
used campaign funds to buy very expensive properties, especially in
Abuja, and luxury cars. Some of the funds have also been traced to the
bank accounts of senior party and government officials who were charged
with the disbursement of funds to voters and groups.
A reliable source within the Presidency disclosed that Goodluck
Jonathan was bent on getting senior party and government officials who
received funds to account for all monies collected.
According to him, monies given to traditional rulers in different
parts of the country, for example, would not be demanded for but the
source was quick to add that the President was determined to get his
ministers, close aides and special advisers to make refunds.
He said, “Some ministers did not get less than N20bn each. None of
them can deny it because this fact isn’t hidden within government
circles. The only problem with such monies is that there is no receipt
to show that they collected money. The sad part is that almost all of
them performed woefully. Even in the states where the PDP won, some
ministers could not deliver 100,000 votes. They could not mobilise their
people to come out. The President is not happy. They all went property
and car shopping. This was the most expensive election in the history of
this country, yet there was no result.
“The sad part was that even after the President lost on March 28,
more money was given to all of them to make up for the dismal outing by
winning their states during the April 11 elections. But that turned out
to be a bad decision because apart from losing the governorship
election, we didn’t perform well at the National Assembly and House of
“They must give an account of the money since they didn’t use it for
the election. The President is not particular about the funds spent on
genuine campaign needs like the hiring of jets, advertisements and the
rest that also cost billions of naira. His focus is on the individuals
that collected billions to deliver their states but couldn’t even win
their polling booths.”