The Presidency on Monday denied budgeting N23bn for transition committee as reported in a social media outfit.
It described as pure fiction and blackmail a social media report alleging that President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration had budgeted N3 billion for members of the transitional committee working on the handover notes to the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).
The Presidency insisted that no meeting was held between its transition committee and that of incoming government.
The social media report read: “NOW I’M CONVINCED WE DIDN’T MAKE A MISTAKE…
“Buhari was at the villa in connection to setting up a transition committee for handing over. At the meeting, Goodluck asked for the list of representatives of APC & the required remuneration.
“Buhari answered that his team was made up of volunteers and their feeding would be by individuals/self even if they have to bring in leftover food from their homes. No word has been heard from presidency since then.
“This is the beginning of purposeful leadership….”
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, who reacted to the report, said “This is pure fiction and blackmail. No such meeting or conversation ever took place. Whoever wrote the copy obviously has never heard of being magnanimous in victory. A charlatan certainly.”