Bolaji Abdullahi, APC National Publicity Secretary revealed that former President Jonathan’s decision to remove subsidy on January 1, 2012 was undisclosed to any cabinet member including Petroleum & Finance Ministers; Diezani Madueke and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
“Every member of the federal executive council was surprised, we were taken by surprise, we knew it was coming but the agreement was that we will come back in the new year and continue the conversation and the best possible way to do it”
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Speaking on the Gatefield TV interview programme, #ConversationswithAbangMercy, Mr. Abdullahi explained, “If you recall, even the minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Madueke, who people like to hold for these things, she was attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Australia,” he said at the event she made a commitment that subsidy will not go at the time. He also added that the Finance Minister was also out of the country.
He said he has been unable to find out who advised or what motivated the President to make that decision at the time he did.