The Presidency has said Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, did no wrong in his last year’s approval of the sum of N5.8bn fund for the supply of food to about 1.8 million internally displaced persons, IDPs, without the knowledge of the national assembly.
Laolu Akande, the Special Adviser to the Vice President, stated this on Wednesday when he appeared as a guest on Channels TV’s political programme, Politics Today, in Abuja.
The House of Representatives had in a report accused Osinbajo of illegally approving the release of the fund from the Consolidated Revenue Fund Account to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for food that were not supplied.
However, Akande in declaring his principal innocent of the alleged crime, explained that at the time the VP gave the approval, the nation was facing a looming food crisis and there was need for the executive to act fast.
He further said that during emergency situations, the Public Procurement Act supported such executive approval for fund without necessarily going through legislative vetting.
He said: “The VP was Acting President when this matter happened. He had the full compliments of power to approve the fund meant for an emergency situation.