Junaid Mohammed, elder statesman and Second Republic House of Representatives member on Sunday said Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, former national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)’s intemperate character is largely responsible for his political downfall both in the APC and Edo state.
Junaid who spoke in an interview with Daily Independent, said Oshiomhole should accept full responsibility for the defeat of the APC in the Edo governorship election as well as Zamfara and Rivers.
While condemning politics of godfatherism in Nigeria, Junaid said it is insulting for Oshiomhole to appear in a video saying he wasn’t politically down after APC’s loss while should have taken a sober introspection into what led to the party’s defeat to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki.
“I am not that close to Oshiomhole but I have observed him at close range and I have told those people who are either his friends or those who have been with him in the trade union movement and in the political party that, with his attitude towards politics and his intemperate character, the way he believes that he must have his way otherwise, he is prepared to set the whole building on fire, it will be very difficult for him to make headway in politics especially in this country”.
“No matter how much of a thug he thinks he is, there are people who are worse than him in thuggery”.
“Secondly, a leader is made and unmade by his character. Clearly, from what I have read and heard people say, Oshiomhole’s character is not conducive to winning and managing a national office whether in politics, business or even in trade union movement”.
“I know two people; one was Oshiomhole’s personal friend in the trade union movement. Another one was his deputy when he first became President of the NLC. They are hardly on speaking terms today. That says a lot about his immaturity and overrating himself that whatever he says must come to pass”.
“There is a question I have always asked people who are close to Oshiomhole. What has he got to offer politically? I want to be told what has he done in his life that is so spectacular that makes him consider himself indispensable”.
“What has happened is that APC has completely lost the South-South and Oshiomhole bears major responsibility for that. In addition, he is directly responsible for the loss of Rivers and Zamfara”.
“He is so full of himself and that was why after the party’s loss in Edo, he made a video saying people thought he was down but he is not”.