Former Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Edo State, Comrade Godwin Erhahon, has urged Edo State deputy governor, Hon. Philip Shaibu not exhaust his strength and wit on the battle for the September 19, 2020 Governorship election in the State.
He advised Hon. Shaibu to save the strength for last dance after poll if the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) “wins the election miraculously”.
Erhahon said this in an open letter which he addressed to the deputy governor of the State, Hon. Philip Shaibu and made available to our Correspondent.
Shaibu, the running mate to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Candidate of PDP in the election, has erroneously been described by some member of the main opposition party in the State as a man with the iron fist.
Responding to the recent comments by the deputy Governor who stated that he has never lost election since he ventured into partisan politics, Erhahon, advised him be cautious and desist from vilifying his greatest benefactor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, former Governor of the State.
The former APC Spokesman, recalled how Hon. Shaibu lost Edo State House of Assembly seat in Etsako West Constituency 1 which he contested on platform of PDP in 2003, but, protested that Mr. Mike Oghiadomen, the former Chief of Staff to President Goodluck Jonathan of rigging the election.
Erhahon, further urged him not to be economical with the truth or distort history in order not to be guilty of dishonesty and hypocrisy.
According to him, “My dear Phillip, don’t exhaust your strength and wit on this battle because it will soon be over. If by miracle you win the September 19 governorship election, another stanza of the battle will surely begin.
“And if you lose, you will soon after be praying for intercessors to save you.
“Either way, the coast will become clear very soon . What lesson are you teaching your children when they hear you calling Oshiomhole your father and at the same time abuse him.
Please fight with caution.
“I do not want to dabble into whatever quarrel you have with your father, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, even when you appear to me to be over reacting, exhibiting youthful bravado .
“However, I am unable to keep silent on your false claims in one of your recent encounters with the press.
“You boasted that you have never lost election in your constituency.
“Whereas you know you were far from the truth.
“I was Edo State Publicity Secretary of ANPP in 2003 when you first contested for the State House of Assembly seat in your constituency.
“You lost to PDP. When you returned to the state secretariat of ANPP you lamented that the then Deputy Governor, Chief Mike Ogiadomen rigged you out.
“You told us how then National President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, the same Comrade Adams Oshiomhole bankrolled you and fought though unsuccessfully to protect your mandate .
“What do you hope to gain from distorting history of how you benefited from your well known benefactor?
“Why are you ashamed to admit you once lost election before you started winning?
“You loose nothing from telling the *true story of your struggles .
*Rather, your story would encourage others not to give up whenever they fail.
“Secondly, you claimed that you introduced Comrade Oshiomhole to politics.
“Haba Phillip! Even when you know that we the key actors in the episode are still very much around?
“When I introduced Comrade Oshiomhole into politics in 2005 on the platform of ANPP, you and late Barrister Greg Haruna were errand boys to him.
“You were not his official aides in NLC but hanging on him for runs”, he alleged.