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President Jonathan using Ecological Fund to dispense favour to cronies – APC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused President  Goodluck Jonathan of using the Ecological Fund, set up to address the  country’s serious ecological problems, as a tool to further divide the ranks of the nation’s Governors and solidify  his reputation as a partisan and sectional leader.
In a statement issued in Oyo on Wednesday by its Interim  National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said President Jonathan’s decision to grant 2  billion Naira each to 17 states, none of which belongs to the main opposition APC and all of which are controlled by  Governors deemed to be Jonathan’s supporters, negates what he should be: The  leader of the whole nation!
It wondered what kind of coincidence would exclude all the  APC-controlled states from being considered for receiving assistance from the Ecological  Fund, ”when we have it on good authority that our Governors even sought such assistance”.
”The 2 billion naira assistance was given to Abia, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Ondo, Plateau, Ebonyi, Delta, Enugu and Taraba States.
”Before then, 5 billion Naira had been given to Akwa Ibom  State ostensibly for ‘urgent matters’ while 8 billion Naira was given to Anambra for the ‘maintenance of the Niger bridge’, in reality perhaps  a slush fund for the stolen gubernatorial election in the state.
”To the best of our knowledge, even if 8 billion naira is  not enough to construct a second Niger bridge, it will go a long  way. We are yet to see any maintenance to justify such a huge  fund that was given for that purpose, further confirming our fearson what the real purpose of that money might have been.
”It is sad that a President whose divisive politics  helped to break the ranks of the nation’s State Governors has now graduatedto using funds from the Federation  Account to dispense favours to Governors he perceive to be his cronies. 
”This is  the tragedy of a  President who was elected on  a pan-Nigerian mandate but has now turned himself to a sectional,  partisan and most divisive leader in the country’s history,” APC said.

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