Why I fought Jonathan, by Oshiomole

Lauds ex-president

By Tunde Joshua,

A former National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, at the weekend disclosed that he fought former President Goodluck Jonathan because of political differences between the duo.

He however, acknowledged that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) administration of the former president left unforgettable legacies in the country.

Oshiomole expressed his respect for the Otuoke, Bayelsa State-born Jonathan at the one year memorial lecture in honour of the late Captain Hosa Okunbo, in Benin City.

He eulogised the leadership qualities of the former president which he said are ingredients needed for good governance but did not spared what he termed bad principles of the PDP as a party.

But, Oshiomole was quick to say that Nigerians hardly appreciate good leaders until they leave office.

He recalled Jonathan’s launch of Almajiri school which was meant to mop up all children into education with special funds appropriated for it.

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“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,” he said.

Other speakers at the event were Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwase III decried the glorification of stomach infrastructure in Nigeria’s political culture, among others.

They described the late Captain Hosa Okunbo as a man with a large heart, the spirit of philanthropy and ardent love for the needy.

According to them, one of his legacies that will continue to endure is that he nurtured and mentored many to become responsible members of the society.

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