- Adams Oshiomhole, a former national chairman of the APC has admitted that he was one of those who fought Goodluck Ebele Jonathan out of office
- Oshiomhole made this confession in Abuja on Saturday, August 13, when he said that Jonathan was a good president
- The former Edo governor added that Jonathan left behind legacies which are benchmarks for his successors
Abuja - During the one-year memorial lecture in honour of late Captain Hosa Okunbo, in Abuja on Saturday, August 13, Adams Oshiomhole, the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), made some confessions to Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
In a publication by Vanguard, Oshiomhole said good leaders are often not appreciated by Nigerians until they are out of office.
The former Edo governor noted that although he fought Jonathan out of office because it was part of what is obtainable in a multi-party democracy, the latter has laid down legacies that his successors cannot and are not expected to water down.
Oshiomhole mentioned one of the former president's legacies as the Almajiri school which, as he put was created based on the belief that "no Nigerian child should be left on the street and also appropriated special funds."
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“You left legacies even though I had cause to fight because it is politics. The legacy you have left, there is no successor who can afford to do less.
“But the logic of multi-party democracy is that even an angel can be defeated. You have set a standard that none of your successors can afford to go below.
“Part of your legacies was when you launched the almajiri school and your thought was that no Nigerian child should be left on the street and also appropriated special funds.
“These ideas are not new but what we lack is the will to transform it to practice. We never know who are our friends until when we are no more.
“No one is appreciated until he or she leaves office."
2023 presidency: PDP finally opens up on Jonathan's rumoured defection
Meanwhile, the national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Debo Ologunagba, had reacted to widespread claims and rumour that Jonathan had defected from the opposition party.
On Friday, May 13, Ologunagba stated that Jonathan is yet to resign from being a member of the PDP.
The PDP chieftain although noted that he is not the former president's media aide stated that as things stand, he had not defected from the party.