National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole has punched back at former President Goodluck Jonathan, describing him as a ‘zoologist from the swamps of Otueke who ran a disastrous presidency’.
Mr. Oshiomhole said this through his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebebulem in an article titled: “Vote-buying: Jonathan goofed on Oshiomhole”
The article was a response to comments made by Mr. Jonathan while responding to allegations by Oshiomhole on Channels Television programme, Roadmap, that vote-buying gained prominence under his (Jonathan) administration.
Jonathan, reacting, had questioned the psychological state of Oshiomhole.
But Ebegbulem in the article claimed that Jonathan’s attack on the psychology of his boss was a new low.
He said “If the allegation that the APC national chairman is having psychological issues with the even more specific reference to “multiple personality syndrome,” came from a doctor of human medicine with specialisation in psychology, it could debatably enjoy some merit.
“But Jonathan is a zoologist from the swamps of Otuoke. This is clearly veering from his turf and unworthy of further debate.
“Probably still retaining some remnant of conscience after a disastrous presidency, he was stung when APC national chairman recently correctly accused him specifically and his party of birthing vote-buying and encouraging electoral fraud in Nigeria.
“After unseemly name-calling, the former President without even addressing the core points raised by Oshiomhole felt the easier path was to counter-accuse the APC leader with exactly the same damning allegation.
“The former President invented vote-buying as was witnessed in 2015, in Edo State when he injected billions of naira as well as other states of the nation desperately buying votes to ensure he got a futile second chance as President.
“Out of desperation, Jonathan injected over N5bn through the PDP leaders with a view to forcefully influence Edo electorate into voting the PDP. This was why the PDP was able to corner two senatorial seats in the state and got a majority of the House of Representatives’ seats against the wish of the electorate in Edo State.”
He added, “Before he became president, the most important credential that was used in marketing the Jonathan brand was his apparent lucky streak in matters of political ascendancy. It’s rather pointless quarreling with his luck. To be propelled from the dark anonymity of a mere local government councillor in the creeks of the Niger Delta to the marbled vaults of presidential power in Abuja must appeal to those who believe in luck.