Mr. Gani Adams, the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress recently revealed plans by the group to venture into partisan politics in the future.
The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland revealed this during the group’s 25th-anniversary celebration in Lagos on Thursday.
He said that since the establishment of the OPC on August 13, 1995 was essentially for the revalidation of the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election won by the late Moshood Abiola and good governance in the country, it does not believe that the purpose has been achieved.
He said the demand for the restructuring of the country remains valid, adding that without it there would be no meaningful progress.
He said: “Without mincing words, let me say categorically: the next few months will determine whether we will remain politically neutral or partisan. Do not forget that what gave birth to the OPC was the struggle for the revalidation of the June 12, 1993 presidential mandate of the late Bashorun Abiola. From there, we went on to demand for a total restructuring of the country.
“Till date, that has not been achieved. And, unfortunately, we have not seen any tangible evidence or sign that we are moving in that direction, with all of us knowing that the way the country is presently structured can only bring nothing but disaster. The most recent minimum irreducible for those who have followed this agitation on restructuring is for the government to implement the recommendations of the National Conference convoked by the Administration of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Continuing he said, “It is in this light that I say that if in the next few months there is no tangible evidence that the country will be restructured, then OPC will become partisan. The details we are still keeping to our chest. But with a membership of over six million, even if it is members of the legislature at the States and Federal levels that we are able to produce, we will be in a position to influence what happens in the government at all levels. Time for ‘siddon look’ is over.”
The group also honoured 21 Nigerians for their contributions to the growth of the organisation and their belief in and pursuit of the Yoruba cause.
Those honoured at the event were late Obafemi Awolowo with the Legacy Award; late Adekunle Ajasin, Legacy Award; late Abraham Adesanya, Legacy Award; late Justice Adewale Thompson, former legal adviser of OPC, with the Legacy Award; and Abiola as Icon of Democracy.
Others honoured included Prof. Wole Soyinka, adviser of OPC; late Gani Fawehinmi, lead advocate of OPC; late Beko Ransome Kuti, pioneer Treasurer of OPC; late Ambassador Segun Olusola, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Olokun Festival Foundation; late Dr. Fredrick Faseun, Founding and Spiritual Father; late Rasheed Gbadamosi, former Chairman BOT, OPC; and late Prof. Sophie Oluwole, Member BOT Olokun Festival Foundation.
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