Open Letter to General Charles Airhiavbere by Brodricks Abumere
Posted On Jul 17, 2012
I don’t know you personally hence i can’t judge you. My sincere advice for you as a brother is to call Adams Oshiomhole the governor elect of Edo state and congratulate him. Just in case you don’t know the reasons why you lost the election, let me enumerate them for you.
(1) PDP doesn’t have a good record in Edo state. Eight years of lucky
Igbinedion in Edo state was a waste.
(2) Anehni’s history of retrogressive politicking in Edo state. Were you not surprised Anenih couldn’t deliver Esan land for you. Alli brought university to Esan, Aikhomu brought Irrua specialist hospital to Esan; Tom Ikimi transformed Igueben. What has Anenih with all his glory and majesty as the leader of PDP the ruling party for over twelve years contributed to the social, political and economic development of Esan land and Edo state in general? Nothing!
(3) Another reason why many of us have issues with you is ” birds of the same feather they say flocks together” I mean how could you in the world pitch tent with Anenih, considering his pedigree? That makes most of us equate you with Anenih. You may be a nice guy, like i said earlier I don’t know you personally; but accepting to run as Anenih’s candidate makes you look really bad. You will need to do a lot of damage control to redeem you image back for that singular miss-step.
(4) The people couldn’t trust your judgment to lead; I mean if you lack the common wisdom to discern between what is right for Edo State (ACN developmental policies) and what is wrong for Edo State (PDP retrogressive, corrupt and vision less policies)
Anenih probably assured you the Esan people will follow him like fools regardless. He was wrong. Anenih also thought the Binis will vote for PDP because you are a Bini man, which was why he anointed you as his candidate; he was wrong again. The Bini people are Esan people can discern between right and wrong. We have moved beyond voting on the ground of backward mundane motivations of ethnicity and money. Majority of the people that collected money from PDP used the money to transport to voting center to vote for Oshiomhole.
My dear brother, this election has come and gone; and as you rightly said, this is the most peaceful election in this history of Edo state. And just in case you didn’t know or forgot to include it in your write up; it’s also the most free and fair election in the history of Edo state. Anenih fooled you the first time; please don’t let him fool you the second time. Don’t allow him or political sycophants or hungry lawyers to deceive you into going to court to contest the result of the election. You we all know the contest wasn’t close by any standard; it was a colossal defeat. Anenih his self was trounced in his ward. You and I know there is no way anybody can out rig Anenih in any election; let alone his own ward. On that note I dare to say to you it was a legitimate victory. Going to court to challenge that result will make us think you are out of touch with reality. Going that route will take away whatever you have left in terms of dignity, integrity and credibility; because you lost lots of those by pitching tent with Anenih and his PDP.
I hope you listen to my sincere advice and not those political praise singing parasites that are looking for ways to take whatever you have left. Politics is a game of numbers; someone has to win; and that person happens to be Oshiomhole this time. It may be you next time.
Let me also commend you for not following in the tradition of PDP by sponsoring thugs to intimidate, disrupt and or perpetuate violence during the election. For that I think you are a fine gentle man. I hope you will join hands with other well meaning people of Edo state to help the governor elect move the state forward. That is the most honorable thing to do at this time my dear friend and brother. Going to court to challenge the result will be a drag on Edo state progress and development and the people of Edo State will dislike you for that. You lost this election because of PDP and Anenih; just remember that. The people of Edo state don’t have anything against you. I wish you well in and god bless you.
Dallas Texas USA
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