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OPC Embroils In Crisis, Sacks Dr. Fasehun As President

Fasehun of OPC

Yoruba ethnic conglomerate: Oodua Peo­ple’s Congress (OPC) may have been embroiled in serious crisis as members have sacked its President, Dr. Fredrick Fase­hun and went ahead to appoint Comrades Dare Adesope and Odunayo Ogunmoye as President and Vice President of the association respectively.

Members were said to have taken the action in protest against what they called the announcement, in October last year, of new executive by Dr. Fasehun, which did not go down well with them.

The aggrieved members who carried various plac­ards with inscriptions like: “Dr Fasehun is no more our leader, O.P.C is tired of bad leadership,” “Dr Fasehun is misleading the Yoruba race, O.P.C must move forward, enough of this stagnancy” “Give us comrade Dare Ad­esope as our president, a lot of souls are being wasted without compensation” “Enough of this slavery, Dr. Fasehun has no right to ex­pel any member of O.P.C” among others, accused the founder of the group of hand-picking executive members, financial misappropriation, lack of rule of law, failure to keep to promises among oth­ers.

The straw that broke the camel’s back was said to have happened two weeks ago, when one of Fasehun’s executive members, alleg­edly ordered the shooting of some members which led to the wounding of one Biodun Oyepeju.

Speaking to the press in Ado Ekiti yesterday, Com­rade Ajayi Edward Olusola, the new Director of Public­ity of the OPC reiterated the fact that Fasehun remains the founder and should function only in that capacity. He said the reason for a new leader­ship was due to the need for young, energetic, reliable and credible individuals to take over from Fasehun who is over 80 and needs to hand over the baton to the younger generation.

Olusola accused Fasehun of financial misappropria­tion, stating that the national secretariat’s land was bought by a former governor of La­gos State and ever since, the land has remained under de­velopment and uncompleted. ‘’ For an association of over 20 years, nobody knows where the financial account of O.P.C is”, he said.

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He described the leader­ship style as one man govern­ment who never cared for the members and he is autocratic in his dealings with every­one which is the opposite of what he preaches as a self-acclaimed democrat.

“Once you oppose the de­cision of Baba, he‘ll say you are expelled. There was nev­er a time when Baba slept, woke up and say let me go and visit the family of mem­bers that lost their lives’’, he alleged.

Olusola calls on the nation to stop dealings with Fasehun as he is no more the president of the OPC but the founder.

Those who attended the press conference included National leader Alhaji Bature Gbada, former Personal As­sistant to Dr Fasehun, Alhaji Adeyemi Taofeek, the Ekiti State OPCcoordinator, Dele Olorunfemi and his coun­terparts from Osun ,Ogun, Ondo and Kogi.

Reacting to the news of his sack, Fasheun described Adesope and others as jok­ers.While describing Adesope and members of his group as renegades, Fasheun said;

“Nigerians should not take Adesope and his support­ers serious. They have been expelled from OPC since December last year.Is it not funny,how can a tenant say he want to eject his landlord?It is not possible. I remain OPC leader as long as I’m alive.Ad­esope and his co-travellers are greedy fellows who want to use OPC as an instrument of harassment and extortion,and when reports of their nefari­ous activities were brought to our notice, a panel was set up to investigate them,and they were found guilty,and con­sequently they were expelled from the organisation’.

Urging members of the public not to take Adesope serious,Fasheun said;’’I urge these impostors to stop parad­ing themselves as OPC mem­bers, and if they fail to do so we are going to inform rel­evant security agencies about their illegal activities’’. [myad]


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