Former President Goodluck Jonathan has described the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a man with multiple personalities and suffering from Jekyll and Hyde schizophrenia.
The former President said this through his Media Aide Ikechukwu Eze, in reaction to Oshiomole’s statement on Channels Television talk show when the APC boss said vote-buying started in Goodluck Jonathan’s regime. An excerpt from the signed statement read:
“We can only guess that Mr 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.”
Jonathan who traced vote buying to 2016 in Edo state further stated that not only had he left government by then, but also that the second Adams Oshiomole gave the elections conducted during his time as President endorsement. The President also likened what he termed Oshiomole’s flipflops to stress and split personality disorder, drawing attention of how the APC Chieftain praised Governor Samuel Ortom one day and lampooned him the next day.
“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.”