Former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has described the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, as a man of double identity.
Dr Jonathan said this while reacting to Oshiomhole’s earlier statement that vote buying started under the former president’s administration.
Jonathan alleged that Oshiomhole could be under tremendous stress in the bid to steady the already floundering ship of his administration as the new leader of his party.
This was contained in a statement titled titled, “Oshiomhole: The burden of blame game and tumultuous leadership”, signed by the former president’s media aide, Mr Ikechukwu Eze, and made available to newsmen in Abuja.
Recall that Oshiomhole had in an interview with a national television said, “President Jonathan started this massive vote buying in Nigeria and the media must play back and do a proper interview and proper investigation to discover the origin of vote- buying.”
However, Reacting, Jonathan said he did not know why Oshiomhole decided to take on misleading falsehood; stressing that the former Edo state governor could be under pressure.
“We can only guess that Oshiomhole, who is currently operating under tremendous stress in the bid to steady the already floundering ship of his administration as the new leader of his party, may have got himself entangled in a voyage of tactless desperation.
“His recent flip-flops where he praised Governor Samuel Ortom and Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso one day only to denounce them the very next day, is enough evidence of his fragile psychological state.
“Not only is he content on squabbling with members of the opposition, we note the self-destructive tendencies of Oshiomhole, who is locked in a feud with members of his own party, including the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, and a host of APC governors.
“It appears that Mr Oshiomhole’s psychological strain may have reached boiling point.”
In the statement, “On the vexatious issue of ‘vote-buying’, which has unfortunately found its way into our election lexicon, this is what we know: It is obvious that the shameful development in our democratic experience became very glaring during the 2016 governorship election in Edo State; an exercise that took place more than one year after President Jonathan had left office.
“It is, therefore, disingenuous for any politician or group to link the former president with the anomaly, no matter how they want to stretch the now-failing blame game.
“While in office as president between 2010 and 2015, Jonathan conducted many elections including the 2011 and 2015 general elections, and many off-season governorship and parliamentary elections in some states like Anambra, Ekiti, Ondo and Edo; and not for once did the issue of vote-buying come up in the assessment of those elections.
“It is instructive that in each case, the former President was given a clean bill, with both local and international observers commending him for having supervised a credible and transparent process.”
Jonathan wondered why Oshiomhole who rated his administration high in 2012 is now saying something negative.
“Oshiomhole was quoted to have said on July 16, 2012, that what the Edo election has confirmed is that when the President and Commander-in-Chief puts the country first and he conducts himself as a statesman not just as a party leader, credible elections are possible.”
He said when the above statement is juxtaposed with Oshiomhole’s current statement, “it becomes obvious that the APC chairman is suffering from multiple personality syndrome and has Jekyll and Hyde schizophrenia.”
He added that the wave of commendation for Jonathan’s electoral conduct had continued, long after he had left office.
“In November 2017, a United Nations delegation led by Ambassador Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, and Chairman of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, had commended Jonathan for the positive outcome of the electoral reforms he initiated during his tenure, and prayed that the institutions he had built and the high standards he had set in organising credible and peaceful elections were maintained and sustained by his successors”.