The beginning to the end of Solomon Awhinawhi




If Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shall surely fall before him.Esther 6:13

Since after the primary elections of the Peoples Democratic Party in Delta SImage result for Solomon Awhinawhi pictate, I have watched with grave concern, the destructive antics of some members and leaders who are hell bent on destroying the party for no just cause. For the first time since 1999, PDP has been commended, even by opposition members for conducting credible primaries devoid of imposition, manipulation and the crude rigging that characterize such exercises in the past. For the first time, delegates were accredited, known delegates to all contenders, not product of manipulation, and they voted for their choice candidates. True to the slogan of the PDP, power was returned to ordinary members and confidence rose to high heavens in the conduct of the party affairs. But one continues to wonder why some persons, who lost out in the primary elections have refused to accept the outcome of the exercise. One of such persons is Hon Solomon Awhinawhin, member representing the Udu/Ughelli Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

Since 2007 when Awhinawhin won his first election to the House of Representatives, he has never lost any primary election. I can recall very vividly the primary election that secured him the ticket in one of the polls at the Ughelli Township stadium. Chief Ovie Agas, Dr Chris Oghenechovwen and others were in the race. Voting did not take place. A few gun shots were fired and everybody fled from the stadium to safety. The following day, Awhinawhin was declared winner. None of those who shared money for delegates and spent heavily in the race left for other political parties to fight him. It has been so since Awhinawhin has been running for elections. He won in 2007, lost to Austin Ogbaburhon in 2011, won again in 2015 and has just lost the primaries to Hon Samuel Oghenevwogagan Mariere. The question is: Why the gang-up by Awhinawhin and his supporters?. It has been observed that some of those who supported him ahead of the primaries are still working for him even though they pledge alliance to the PDP. Is this what politics has been reduced to? Now Awhinawhin knows how it feels to loss primary elections!

However, I wish to remind him that just as Haman fell for Mordecai in the Book of Esther, I am pretty convinced in my spirit that Awhinawhin cannot stop what God has started for the Udu/Ughelli Federal Constituency. Awhinawhin did not perform as a lawmaker. His constituency projects exist only perhaps in the spiritual realm or dreamland. He failed completely and was rejected by the PDP. If this man decides to pitch tenth with a non-existent political party, a congregation of aggrieved politicians, that cannot justify the anti-party activities of some PDP members. But the message is clear, Awhinawhin has fallen, he will fall again.

In Esther chapter 6, Haman, a trusted ally of the King worked tirelessly to destroy Mordecai and the Jews. He saw the star in Mordecai and purported to dim his glory and wipe away the Jews. But his plot failed. When the King sought his counsel on what honour should be done to a man the King has chosen unto himself for honour, thinking the honour was reserved for him, he recommended the highest honour in the land for such a man. The King directed him to dress Mordecai for the honour he recommended. Haman was thoroughly humiliated beyond imagination. The honour he thought was meant for him was given to another man? Not just another man but a man he despised so much and wanted to destroy. He wept bitterly and ran home to his wife and people.

‘’And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto him: If Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shall surely fall before him.Esther 6:13’’.

Just as Haman’s wife and wise friends told him, the same message is reserved for Solomon Awhinawhin. ‘If this man truly won the primaries in a free and fair manner, if the primary election was devoid of manipulation and you were rejected by the delegates despite your huge offers for them, if these people truly ate your money and voted for this man whom the Lord has chosen for honour ahead of you, if truly Samuel Mariere is innocent of any wrong doing before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shall surely fall before him’.

Haman was stupid and took no wise counsel. The first humiliation was like the PDP primaries which Awhinawhin lost to Mariere, the very articulate, ebullient, vocal and versatile, highly intelligent and resourceful, eloquent and generous, hardworking and result-oriented, the goal-getting political dinosaur and unstoppable messenger of God Almighty for political liberation of the Udu/Ughelli Federal Constituency. Awhinawhin has fallen and only those in the habit of milking politicians dry of their money are still flocking around him, telling him what he wants to hear and deceiving him into the larger field for the final fall. Like Haman who prepared a gallows for Mordecai but ended up in the gallows to his end, Awhinwhin has surrounded himself with evil and unconscionable set of friends driving him to avoidable humiliation in the field.

In Acts chapter 5: when the Sadducees rose up against Apostle Peter and other messenger of God for no just cause, it was Gamaliel that saved the day. Acts 5: 17, 34, 38 and 39 say: ‘’Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees) and were filled with indignation…Then stood up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law…and said unto them: Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men…Refrain from these men and let them alone. For if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nothing. But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it, lest haply ye be found even to fight against God’’.

In the latter instance, the people took to wise counsel and saved themselves from destruction. That is the path this writer wants Awhinwhin supporters to follow. Those urging Awhinawhin on cannot save him from humiliation in the general election. They are after his money. Awhinawhin has no message to convince the people with. There is so much awareness now and the people are demanding for the right thing to be done. You cannot just bring any loafer, an irresponsible failure who cannot even represent himself to represent the people of Udu/Ughelli Federal Constituency in this modern age. If Dr Okorodudu, Sir Itiwhe, Dr Mrs Eunice Okoh Oguma and Chief Solomon Kpomah could accept the result of the primaries, Awhinawhin, whom PDP has given so much, has no reason to behave the way he is doing today. Thrice PDP has given him ticket, he won two times and lost to Ogbaburhon only once. If his navel was buried in the National Assembly, he should look for a way to recover it. One must not be principal officer before doing well. Infact nobody was elected to be principal officer of any Assembly. And he does not appear to be one who could be saddled with such duties in the next 20 years. Let Awhinawhin come home and take other responsibilities. The grace of God is upon Hon Sam Mariere and the more Awhinawhin fights him, the more he (Awhinawhin) would sink politically.

Let me drop a few line here for those who deceive themselves to be working for Okowa while working for Awhinawhin. There is nothing like political hermaphrodite with barefaced anti-party disposition. Any PDP man working against one or two PDP candidates is an enemy of Governor Okowa. The party must take a decisive position on this matter so that those with such anti-party tendencies could be shown the door so that full-fledged PDP members could congregate to deliver the party. Half-baked loyalty is no loyalty to the party. A dangerous precedence is being set and if these persons, particularly political office holders, are not checked now, it will be free for all in terms of anti-party behaviour tomorrow. The joy is that the enemies within are known, and such impels one to prepare better to stop them. They will do little or no damage at all. The fate of the candidates lay with the electorates and the finger of God is there to dictate proceedings. Awhinawhin should stop fighting God because, Hon Sam Mariere carries divine grace and oil on his head. Let peace reign in our party.

Justice Iyasere wrote from Udu local government.

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