Former President Goodluck Jonathan has come under attack of the national chairman of ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun for boasting that his legacies still remained unparalleled after exiting office two years ago.
Oyegun, while speaking in an interview with Vanguard on contemporary national issues, accused Jonathan of failing to maintain dignity after leaving office.
Speaking during the interview held in Abuja on Sunday, December 3, the APC chieftain said the former president might end up losing what was left of his reputation if he does not quit responding to trivial issues.
“I think former President Goodluck Jonathan is not being well advised. The first thing for a man whom God has elevated with little effort to the position he attained is to maintain some dignity and decorum after office. That he is not doing.
“Second, the facts of Boko Haram are there. The facts of his achievements are there. He was President for six years, the East-West road is still not completed.
“He was president for six years, Port Harcourt airport was rated the worst international airport in the world. That is the airport that he uses virtually on a weekly basis. Just those little fundamentals.”
Chief John Oyegun described Jonathan’s rise to the presidency as God’s gift to the south-south. He, nevertheless, stated that the former president lost the opportunity to make the south-south proud and questioned if such an opportunity will come again for the Niger Deltans to produce a Nigerian president.
“We don’t know when that opportunity will come again for the south-south to produce a Nigerian president and the south-south has been significant throughout our history in maintaining the coherence of this nation through all its difficulties.
“Finally, we had that golden opportunity and we blew it. He is honoured and respected today because of his singular act of conceding the defeat, even though we now know that he tried to reverse himself.
“So, my advice to him is, let time heal wounds. Don’t answer every little query and question about your Presidency because the facts are all there, very glaring.
“But because of that singular act to save the nation, saved a lot of lives because the country was so charged at that time. So, accept that respect that the nation and the world give you. He is young relatively. Tomorrow, he will get over this.
“But if he starts doing what he is doing now, then I am really sorry he may just end up losing everything.”
Meanwhile, the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, has described the return of the former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as a massive vote of no confidence on the leadership capacity of the APC.
In a statement on Sunday, December 3, by his special adviser on media, Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu said Atiku’s defection from the APC was a welcomed development for the PDP and for Nigeria’s democracy.
He urged all former PDP faithful who left the party to emulate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and make their way back to the party.