The last may not have been heard of the disbursement of Ecological Fund in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, as the ex-President berated Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai for accusing him of denying the 19 Northern states access to the fund.
Jonathan, who was irked by an interim report, submitted by an 11-man Committee headed by El-Rufai said every state benefitted.
He said his decision to accommodate states that had difficulty meeting the criteria for accessing the fund, made it possible for every state to benefit.
A statement by the ex-President’s Media Aide, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze lamented that presidential interventions to tackle emergencies were being interrogated in a rather facile manner, adding that former President Olusegun Obasanjo could attest to what he termed El-Rufai’s penchant for lying.
The statement reads “That Malam Nasir El-Rufai governor of Kaduna state has an incurable knack for lying has been proven by his own boss, former President Olusegun Obasanjo who described El-Rufai in his book-My Watch Volume 2 as follows: ‘Nasir’s penchant for reputation savaging is almost pathological. Why does he do it? He is brilliant and smart. I grant him that also. Very early in my interaction with him, I appreciated his talent and brilliance. At the same time, I recognised his weaknesses. The worst being his inability to be loyal to anybody or any issue consistently for long, but only to Nasir el-Rufai. He barefacedly lied which he did to me against his colleagues and so-called friends. I have heard of how he ruthlessly savaged the reputation of his uncle, a man who was like, in the African setting, his foster father. I shuddered when I heard the story of what he did to his half-brother in the air force who is senior to him.
In another breath, the former president was quoted to have said that;
“Mallam Nasir El-Rufai is just being hypocrite, he was bitter with me because I refused to appoint him as a Minister when I took over the Govt.
I still have all his CV & Email correspondence when he was begging me for an appointment
and at the same time blasting PMB at the tail end of my Govt.he benefited from me when he asked me for money as part of my contribution for his Campaign funds.
“I gave Nasir El-Rufai a whopping sum of N200m through Nenadi Usman,he should swear by Quran that he never collected money through Mrs Usman.he sent one of his aide whom I learnt is now his political adviser to collect the money.
If he continues with his LIES against me.I will instruct more about him to be exposed”.
Continuing, he said, “with such a description, we are not surprised at his recent comments after the just concluded national economic council meeting where he accused former President Jonathan of only sharing the national ecological fund to PDP states.
“It is so easy to expose Malam Nasir El-Rufai as a liar being that Akwa-Ibom, a PDP state governed by the then chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and a close confidante and major supporter of the then president, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, did not get the monies alluded to by Malam El-Rufai from the ecological fund as did multiple other PDP states including Ekiti state, a state governed by a thoroughbred patriot and Jonathan supporter, Ayo Fayose.
“Also, it is false that non-PDP states did not get monies from the fund. Nemesis catches up faster with liars than any other agent of evil. El-Rufai was probably led by the gods against his own sinister plot to confess in another breath that states under non-PDP parties like APGA and Labour Party also benefitted.