The presidency monday took on one of the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, stating that his views on the planned national conference do not represent the position of the Yoruba people.
Also, the presidency rendered an account of how it spent over N453.8 billion from the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P), stating that the federal government receives only 41 per cent of Sure-P funds, while the states and local governments get the balance.
Tinubu had questioned the motive behind the proposed national conference mooted by President Goodluck Jonathan, calling it a “Greek gift” and a decoy aimed at boosting the president’s 2015 re-election bid.
Addressing a press conference yesterday to debunk Tinubu’s remarks against the national conference, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, said: “Senator Tinubu in his criticism of the conference asked, ‘where is the capability, where is the sincerity?
“He also queried, ‘will this president have the guts to implement fully all final resolutions of the conference without fear or favour?
“On all these queries, we state that for the first time in the history of post-independence Nigeria, a federal government took a bold initiative to call for a national conference without the obnoxious ‘no-go-areas’ so that Nigerians can once and for all have the opportunity to address all pertinent issues regarding the polity and has also given the advisory committee the freewill to determine its nature and/or structure.