Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Mr. Adams Oshiomhole is suffering from multiple personality syndrome.
The syndrome is a mental disorder characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring personality states.
There is often trouble remembering certain events, beyond what would be explained by ordinary forgetfulness.
Jonathan, who described as misleading Oshiomhole’s allegation on national television that vote buying in Nigerian started when he was president, said it is disingenuous for anybody to link him with the incidence of vote buying.
Jonathan, in a statement by his media adviser, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, said vote buying in Nigeria started in Edo State gubernatorial election in 2016, when Oshiomhole was governor; a year after Jonathan had left office.
He noted that the former Edo State governor is suffering from multiple personality syndrome, recalling how Oshiomhole praised Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso only to denounce them the next day.
The former president said Oshiomhole has psychological strain, as he is in feud with everybody, including members of his party.
“We really do not know the real reason for this misleading falsehood at this point in time. However, 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 Musa 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,” he said.
Jonathan recalled that Oshiomhole himself praised him for conducting credible election in 2012 that re-elected him as Edo State government, and wonder how he could turn around to blame him for vote buying.
“One of those who gave the former President a clean bill of health, was Mr. Oshiomhole himself who, on July 16, 2012 said: “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.”
“When you juxtapose the above statement with Mr. Oshiomhole’s current statement, it becomes obvious that the APC Chairman is suffering from multiple personality syndrome and has a Jekyll and Hyde schizophrenia,” the former president said.
According to him, there was no incident of vote buying in the two general elections conducted by Jonathan in 2011 and 2015 and off-season gubernatorial and parliamentary elections in Anambra, Ekiti, Ondo and Edo states.
Jonathan stated that Oshiomhole’s false accusations might have stemmed from his own guilty conscience arising from the unenviable behaviour he exhibited during the September 2016 gubernatorial election in Edo State.
“It may be that Mr. Oshiomhole’s false accusations against Dr. Jonathan stem from his own guilty conscience arising from the unenviable behaviour he exhibited during the September 2016 gubernatorial election in his state, when his bid to anoint his successor pushed him into desperate measures and a win-at-all-cost mentality that introduced flagrant vote merchandising in our polity, thereby making Edo State the clear starting point of that cankerworm.
“After observing the Edo 2016 gubernatorial election, the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), a coalition of over 400 civil society organizations spread across the country, said ‘the most frequent reported incidents (of electoral irregularities) are vote buying/voter bribery.’
“The trend was later to spread to Ondo, Anambra and Ekiti governorship elections, all taking place after Jonathan had left office as President.
“What also changed was that Oshiomhole’s emergence as the national chairman of APC and the burden of ‘delivering results to his party’, has pushed him into exporting and escalating this vote-buying dexterity to other states, as recently witnessed in Ekiti governorship poll.
“The fact is that inducement as a tool in the hands of politicians is an old malaise that no Nigerian can be proud of.
“It is bad enough that this has been allowed to fester and morph into the ugly trend that is today called vote-buying.
“Given this circumstance, you would expect a statesman of Oshiomhole’s standing to offer perspectives on how to solve this problem that is already making our country an object of scorn in the eyes of the international community.
“That Oshiomhole only resorted to blame game rather than offer any useful suggestions to the election management bodies on how to solve this shameful problem, in the cited television interview, is a sad commentary on the quality and character of today’s political leaders.
“A government that continues to blame its predecessor rather than show its scorecard, less than one year to the end of its four-year tenure, is only giving the impression that it is already at its wit’s end.
“We believe that it is high time Mr. Oshiomhole began to put a leash on his unhelpful, ill-conceived comments and tumultuous style of leadership, to enable him offer quality service to the party he currently leads,” said Jonathan.
He noted that while in office between 2010 and 2015, the former president conducted many elections adjudged as free and fair by both national and international observers.
“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.
“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 (CNMC) commended former President Jonathan for the positive outcome of the electoral reforms he initiated during his tenure and prayed that the institutions he built and the high standards he set in organizing credible and peaceful elections are maintained and sustained by his successors.
“It is instructive that Jonathan also received plaudits from the visiting UN team over his conduct of the same 2015 elections, which Oshiomhole had casually singled out for condemnation,” he added.
Meanwhile, Oshiomhole who spoke though his chief press secretary, Simon Ebegbulen, has accused Jonathan of committing electoral fraud.
“Former President Jonathan is a failure and lacks the moral to discuss the person of Comrade Oshiomhole who excelled both as labour leader, governor and now doing a great job as chairman of APC.
“We insist he invented vote buying as we witnessed in 2015 in Edo State when he injected billions of naira in Edo State and other states of the nation desperately buying votes to ensure he got a futile second chance as President.
“Knowing that Edo was too hot for him, he injected over N5 billion through PDP leaders with a view to forcefully corrupt Edo voters into voting PDP. That was why the PDP was able to steal two senatorial seats in Edo and got majority of the House of Representatives’ seats against the wish of the electorate in Edo State.
“As we speak, PDP leaders in Edo are currently in court over the funds he deployed to buy votes in Edo. If he had worked hard even for his people in the South-South as President, he would not have had any cause to indulge into vote buying. That was how innocent voters knew that they can now make money before voting for candidates,” he said.
Oshiomhole called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to prosecute the former president.
“As a matter of fact, we are urging INEC to prosecute him for being an apostle of vote-buying. The evidences are there; his cohorts are today singing in different courtrooms on how they converted funds meant for purchase of arms and ammunition in the fight against insurgency to buy votes for the desperate Jonathan.
“So, he lacks the moral basis to question the comments of Comrade Oshiomhole who was one of the victims of Jonathan while as governor of Edo State,” he added.