The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has on Friday, January 6, disagreed with the claim of the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on the disbursement of N5, 000 to poor Nigerians.
This came a few days after the Presidency faulted the remarks by Fayose, who had described the N5, 000 the Federal Government said it had started paying to poor Nigerians, as a mere propaganda.
Fayose, had in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, said there was no evidence of such payment in Ekiti, while one of the States Government, affirmed that the exercise had begun.
Reacting to the development, Tinubu, in a statement issued by his media office, said that the payment has commenced in earnest, as part of the cardinal promises of the President, during the 2015 electioneering.
Tinubu, noted that the stipend for the poor was a sign of the Buhari-led APC government’s commitment to people’s welfare.
“I commend President Buhari for keeping faith with his campaign promise. I commend him for empathizing with the poor, and the most vulnerable among us.
“The payment couldn’t have come at a better time than now. The stipend is a sign of the government’s commitment to people’s welfare. We must all unite to beat poverty, and bring prosperity to the land.”
Tinubu speaking further, used the medium to call for support for the present administration, saying with such, the government would soon turn things around for the benefit of the people.
Recall, that Buhari under the programme, had promised to empower 1 million poor and most vulnerable Nigerians, with the sum of a N5, 000 monthly stipend each.
The commencement of the N5, 000 payment, was announced on Monday, in a statement from the Office of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
The statement, signed by the Vice President’s Spokesman, Laolu Akande, said the first batch of payment would cover 9 States.
He added, that some of the beneficiaries had started receiving their payments since December 30, 2016. Akande had said funds for the payments to beneficiaries in Borno, Kwara, and Bauchi States, were released last week.