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Vote Buying: Oshiomhole Has Moral Burden In Edo, Jonathan Says

The All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole has been sent to the cleaners by the gentle instantaneous past Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan.

Jonathan {left} thinking the man Oshiomhole is

This was following a fresh allegation by Oshiomhole on a live television programme that the administration of Jonathan created the room for vote buying.

ooreporters.com gathered that not pleased with the development, Jonathan responded to the claim through a statement signed by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze on Wednesday, waving the allegation with some rather salient points posited for Oshiomhole to clear.

According to the statement:

“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 canker-worm.

“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.

“While in Office as President between 2010 and 2015, Jonathan conducted many elections including the 2011 and 2015 general elections, and many off-season gubernatorial 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.

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“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.

“One of those who gave the former President a clean bill of health, was Mr. Oshiomhole 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’.

“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.

“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 gubernatorial election in Edo State; an exercise that took place more than one year after President Jonathan had left office.”

Jonathan therefore advised Muhammadu Buhari government to focus on giving Nigerians democratic dividends.

“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,” Jonathan concluded.

SOURCE: ooreporters.com


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Updated: September 12, 2018 — 9:50 pm

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