The leadership of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) says it has uncovered plans by some dismissed members of the organization to co – opt a former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu into a desperate bid to oust Otunba Gani Adams as the President/National Coordinator of OPC.
The pan Yoruba group noted that the disgruntled members who were expelled from the organisation because of their illegal and criminal conducts had written a letter to the former Lagos State governor, seeking his support and blessing to remove or get rid of Otunba Gani Adams as the President of OPC.
The National Coordinating Council of the OPC, the highest decision making organ of the organisation in a statement signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Barrister Yinka Oguntimehin, called on the former governor to be wary of the dismissed group who call themselves ‘The Ten Million Boys Strike Force’, and whom they say are desperate to get support of the former governor and some other Yoruba leaders to create crisis in the OPC.
The statement reads in part: “The dismissed members in a letter dated 4th August, 2015 and signed by all of them appealed to the former governor to help them with their plans to remove or get rid of Otunba Gani Adams as the National Coordinator of OPC.
“The names, hand writing, and signatures on the letter tallies perfectly with information available in our archives.
“This latest evil scheme of these disgruntled elements is coming on the heels of their earlier plans to assassinate Otunba Gani Adams which we exposed some months back. They have also mounted a campaign of calumny and malicious falsehood to malign the person of the national coordinator on print and electronic media all to no avail.
“The National Coordinating Council of the OPC hereby reiterate its unequivocal support to the leadership of Otunba Gani Adams and it urges members of the general public to disregard members of the group, who are lawless and only interested in creating chaos in the society.
“The illegal and criminal conduct of these dismissed elements is no longer fashionable and not in tandem with the current aspirations of the repackaged OPC led by Otunba Gani Adams which has given birth to five different organizations, saddled with different noble responsibilities that are useful to the society both nationally and internationally.
“In view of the laudable achievements of Otunba Gani Adams, it is unreasonable for the dismissed members of OPC who were expelled on account of their illegalities to be bent on seeking the support of the former Lagos State governor in order to remove or get rid of him at all costs”.
The NWC also said, “These dismissed elements should come out with concrete evidence of any form of malfeasance or embezzlement of the funds of OPC or any other organization. It is worthy of note that seventy five percent of OPC funding is sourced by Otunba Gani Adams and this noble act is appreciated by the National Executive Council; National Coordinating Council and the general members of the organization.
“This is not an indictment on the former Governor of Lagos State in any way but to let the whole world know the desperation of the dismissed fifteen members and their mission to return OPC to the era of blood shedding that was laid to rest with the intervention of Late Ooni of Ife; Oba Okunade Sijuade in October, 1999 and finally by Otunba Gbenga Daniels in March, 2005. It is also to alert the former Governor of the fact that the group is using his name to breach the public peace”.
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