A former Publicity Secretary of Edo State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Godwin Erhahon has expressed concern over what he described as back-and-forth movement of fair weather politicians in the State. He berated Benin leaders including those who were actors in Comrade Adams Oshiomhole government in Edo State for failing to offer useful
A former Publicity Secretary of Edo State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Godwin Erhahon has expressed concern over what he described as back-and-forth movement of fair weather politicians in the State.
He berated Benin leaders including those who were actors in Comrade Adams Oshiomhole government in Edo State for failing to offer useful advice to him towards his success or failure while in office, but sang his praises throughout.
The APC Chieftain noted that he is saddened that these individuals have suddenly began to beat the drum of Benin unity for their own selfish interest.
Erhahon, former State Chairman of Congress for Progressives Change, CPC made this known while responding to the recent truce between the State governor, Godwin Obaseki and with his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole at the Weekend in Benin City.
“As a detribalised and true party faithful, the so-called Benin should not only exist in principle but in practice whether there is immediate benefits or not.
“The irony is that the same people who crucified some of us at that time”, according to him “are the same people who are calling for Benin unity. The Benin unity only existed in their mouth”.
He said: “I have always heard some people say, Oshiomhole is always abusing Benin people. That serves him right. The question I ask is when he was abusing the leaders at that time, you were in his government. Why didn’t you have the honour to resign or back out?
“When Oshiomhole attacked Brig-General Samuel Ogbemudia of blessed memory, then I was Edo State Chairman of Congress for Progressive Change, CPC. I addressed a press Conference and condemned Oshiomhole’s action.
“Also, when Oshiomhole suspended the Onojie of Uromi, Esan North East Local government Area of the State, in my capacity as the State Publicity Secretary of APC, I objected to HRH Aselm Aidenojie, the Onojie of Uromi.
“Although they called me a rebel, but my stand was that Oshiomhole should not temper with traditional institution.
“The irony of life is that the same people who crucified some of us at that time, are the ones that are calling for Benin unity. The Benin unity only existed in their mouth and made mockery of themselves.
“They sang for Oshiomhole for attacking Benin leaders while they were benefiting from him only to now start accusing him of abusing Benin elders when there is no immediate benefit from him. Why wouldn’t they resign from his government in protest then in defense of the dignity of the Benin nation?
“When I was defending Chief John Odigie-Oyegun a few years ago, they called me a rebel. Now, they are hiding under Chief Odigie-Oyegun. These are the kind of leaders and people we have. You can put me at the same level with them.
“I am not with Oshiomhole. We have agreed and disagreed in the past matters of principle on issues of common interest.
“Besides that, I will not go to Oshiomhole and begin to discuss how to do or undo anybody. I cannot also go with people who do not realize the need for Benin unity. When a stranger is feeding you, you are ready to sacrifice your principal for a Benin man for stomach sake.
“Benin unity should not come only when you are in problem and start asking Benin to rally support for you. But, when it is well with you, you say to hell with everybody.
“I have a lot of experiences to share about how strange bird fellows under the rubric of Benin unity have betrayed the course of their kinsmen in the past when the chips are down”, he lamented.