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Vote-buying: Oshiomhole’s aide attacks Jonathan

Vote-buying: Oshiomhole’s aide attacks Jonathan

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…says his presidency was a disaster

John Alechenu, Abuja  

The Chief Press Secretary to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress has described former President Goodluck Jonathan as a zoologist from the swamps of Otueke who ran a disastrous presidency.

Ebebulem, who is an aide to the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, wrote this in an article made public in Abuja, on Thursday.

Ebebulem’s piece titled: “Vote-buying: Jonathan goofed on Oshiomhole” was sent to The PUNCH via e-mail.

He wrote the article in response to comments made by the former President who was reacting to allegations by Oshiomhole that vote-buying gained prominence under the Jonathan Presidency.

Ebegbulem said Jonathan’s attack on Oshiomhole’s person to the extent that it called to question his mental health 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.”

He alleged that 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.

The aide said, “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.”

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