by Kolapo Olapoju
Oodua Peoples Congress’ members in Ekiti State have revealed that they swore an oath not to attend the recent protest organised against the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, in Lagos, on Monday, March 16.
The rally against Jega was organised by the OPC National Coordinator, Gani Adams, who has expressed his support for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to the Ekiti OPC members, their decision to stay away from the rally was as a result of Gani Adam’s abandonment of their leader, Niyi Adedipe, also known as Apase, who is currently remanded in Ado Ekiti prisons.
The Deputy Coordinator of OPC in Ekiti, Olowo Oladele, stated that members in the state were displeased with Adams for trying to pressurise them into working for his personal agenda without supporting their leader.
“In fact, we all entered into an oath that nobody should attend the Gani Adams rally in Lagos even if they offer us N1 million each because the freedom of Apase who is an innocent man is very important to us. All the 16 local government coordinators, in solidarity with Apase, decided to stay away from the anti-Jega rally.”
“We dissociated ourselves from the anti-Jega rally because we don’t want to lose focus of why OPC was established, which was to protect the interests of the Yoruba anywhere in the world.”
“OPC is for Yoruba interest and not for somebody’s personal interests. That is our stand and we have no apology for that. Our members are not interested in any pipeline contract or any filthy lucre for that matter.”
“What we are interested in is how our leader, Apase, will be released from prison because we strongly believe that he did not commit the offence for which he is being remanded.”