The O’odua Peoples Congress (OPC) has dissociated itself from a coalition of 57 Yoruba groups allegedly rooting for South-West pro-restructuring presidential candidate in 2023.
The OPC Publicity Secretary, Yinka Oguntimehin, in a statement, denied the involvement of Gani Adams in the mega accord, saying such moves were purely fraudulent and very far from the truth.
Mr Oguntimehin urged the groups to stop using the name of OPC for petty political mileage, saying OPC was not among the 57 Yoruba groups that met in Lagos at the weekend to mobilise the South-West for Bola Tinubu, Yemi Osinbajo, or Kayode Fayemi’s presidency.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that OPC was listed among those behind the mega accord of 57 Yoruba civil society groups that met in Lagos recently with a resolve to mobilise the South-West for a pro-restructuring presidential candidate in 2023.
The meeting was reportedly presided over by a journalist, Mr Adewale Adeoye, while the communiqué issued at the end of the meeting was signed by Sunday Akinnuoye, Femi Agbana and Ganiat Toriola.
The groups noted that they were aware of presidential aspirants like Messrs Fayemi, Osinbajo and Tinubu.
They vowed to ensure that the 2023 presidential election produces a candidate that would restructure the country and resolve the lingering National Question irrespective of political platform.
But Mr Oguntimehin said that OPC, under the leadership of Mr Adams, had, at no time, mobilised the group for any politician, insisting that the group’s interest is beyond the 2023 general elections.
“Including OPC’s name without (a) specific name attached to the purported arrangement of 57 South-West groups rooting for a South-West presidential candidate was a fraud and illegal because we are not a party to a meeting.
“There was no visual or audio content of how, when or where the meeting was held, only for us to see the story in the papers.
“We are aware that when elections are approaching, some politicians usually use the OPC’s name to curry favours.
“There are some groups that are affiliates of political parties that usually make themselves available for politicians as at when due,” he said.
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