OPC faction warns Adams over planned award to Fasehun
Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) may test another round of crisis soon, as the group loyal to its late founder and spiritual leader, Dr. Frederick Fasehun, has warned the national coordinator, Otunba Gani Adams, not to confer any post-humous honour on the late medical practitioner.
Addressing a press conference in Lagos yesterday, leader of Fasehun’s faction, Aare Prince Osibote, said it was hypocritical of Adams to confer award on the founder of the organisation he factionalised for over a decade until last year when Fasehun died.
Adams’ faction of OPC plans to confer special awards on 21 eminent Nigerians, both living and dead, to celebrate its 25th anniversary today.Post-humous recipients of the awards include Obafemi Awolowo, Moshood Abiola, Gani Fawehinmi, Beko Ransome-Kuti and Fasehun.
According to Osibote, the Aare Ona Kankanfo of Yorubaland has no right to honour Fasehun, just as he urged the warlord to stop using the name OPC since he is no longer part of the mainstream of the organisation.
“The OPC has no room for impostors. It has no place for the feeble-minded who will claim to be a servant of the people in the day but would collude with vampires and hyenas in the night to undermine the interest of the Yoruba nation.
“When Fasehun toiled to found OPC, he was dehumanised and almost killed by agents of the state for insisting on the rights of the Yoruba. Where were these vampires and locusts currently bent on appropriating OPC for selfish and myopic reasons?” the OPC leader said.It is noteworthy that when the OPC factions were reconciled some years ago, Adams became national coordinator while Fasehun remained the founder and spiritual leader.
When contacted for reaction yesterday, media aide to the Aare Ona Kakanfo, Mr. Kehinde Aderemi, refused to comment.He maintained that his principal would not want to join issues with anybody on the matter.
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