Former president Goodluck Jonathan described APC National chairman, Adams Oshiomole, as a man under enormous stress and in a fragile psychological state.
Goodluck Jonathan in a statement released by his media aide Ikechukwu Eze, said this in reaction to claims made by Oshiomhole recently, that vote buying started under the leadership of the former president, Jonathan.
”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.” Oshiomhole had said in an interview with Channels TV
Jonathan in his statement, denied Oshiomole’s claim. In his statement, Jonathan said Oshiomhole’s recent actions shows he is in a fragile psychological state
”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 said
The statement further stated that vote-buying became known during the 2016 governorship election, more than a year after Jonathan left office.
“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” he said