A member of the national executive of Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, Comrade Bayo Ifabiyi
has faulted claims by its erstwhile President, Gani Adams over statements credited to him that that OPC was his sweat.
Ifabiyi, the National Treasurer of OPC, New Era speaking with a handful of the press in Ilorin recently said that as a foundation member of the congress, he can fault Gani Adams’ claim over OPC adding that every member of OPC from inception to date contributed to the making of the congress adding that the spirit of the progenitor of the Yorubas, Oduduwa Atewonro is the one who has been backing them in their operations and that it will be wrong for anyone to lay claims that his sweat made OPC prominent.
The OPC stalwart who is also the Kwara State Coordinator of the Congress added that such a statement is an insult to Yoruba race and offensive to Oduduwa and that such arrogant statements is causing Oduduwa to depart from Gani Adams because the pride of his children is being toyed with.
“If Gani Adams is to make any claim, it has to be what he did in conjunction with others in propagating the course of OPC. Oduduwa gave us all necessary support and members contributed wisely towards the goals of the Congress; all these we did collectively so if Gani Adams’ truly said that OPC is his sweat, then he doesn’t know what he is saying. All Yorubas
know that the rate at which OPC became acceptable is not mere wish or self effort of any individual but that of all Yorubas worldwide. Such statements is what is making Oduduwa to depart from him. It is an arrogant statement and it belittles the Yoruba people. If Gani made us what we are, what should the Agbekoyas of the sixties say? Yoruba is a race, guided and supported by our progenitor. OPC is not about Charms as most people eroneoulsy believe; it is about a people projected by our ancestors.”
Fabiyi further stated that the two former factions that erupted during the Dr Frederick Fasheun,/ Gani Adams crises has come back to reunite as one to form a formidable Congress, which projects the Yoruba people better that having a factional OPC which will pitch us against ourselves .
“The breakaway members from Dr Fasheun, OPC Reformed and the Gani Adams main stream, the OPC New Era group has united to form one body. OPC is not a formation of anybody but Oodua himself to prove that the spirit of our ancestor is not dead but backing his children. Every success achieved by Gani Adams is not his personal efforts but as backed by Oduduwa and the
support of members all over the world. Gani Startd well and enjoyed the support of all who believe in our ancestors, the pride and integrity as well as unity of our race, but when greed for power and money entered him, he began to lose all those support including that of the spirit of Oduduwa.”
The Kwara born OPC coordinator highlighted some of the reasons they fell out with Gani Adams which includes his neglect of dependants of member who died in the turbulent days of the congress without making efforts to compensate their families adding that he only initiated the heroes day during which he give out paltry sum every year an amount that is more of
humiliation than of assistance.
“Gani Adams neglected the likes of Presi, popularly called Gari Ifo, the Captain who gave our members training in warfare and combat, Fatai Aweda in Ajeromi local Government, Iron Bender at Sango Ota, Baba Adelaja, aka Baba Poka in Epe, Gani Olowoofayoku, Apapa LG Coordinator and a host of others who made OPC thick in the struggle and many died without compensation.
Aside this he also frustrated members and expelled many such as Alhaji Lawal, Baba Oodua National, Madam Siyambola, Iya Oodua National, whom he sees as being a threat to his reign of Tyrany. He loves power and doesn’t like being challenged over issues. My brother, in a congress where we have great and highly educated minds it is impossible to have an autocratic
leadership. All these people made tremenduous impact in his life severally and individually but he later abandon them to their fate.”
Bayo Ifabiyi also added that being President was not Gani Adams making, and that it was at Willoughby Hall, Ebute Metta, Lagos where he was proposed to be leader but a member, Evangelist Adesokan then suggested the title of President and it was unanimously adopted and announced.
He further said that in a democratic setup as OPC, it was share love and
permissive sentiments that made members condone his long reign as
President which he turned heredity adding that he loves to divide and rule.
“He dismantled the G-27 members who were the engine room of the Congress at
the start but he discarded them and form
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