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Gani Adams, the Are Onakankafor of Yorubaland, says OPC may become partisan if Nigeria is not restructured

Chief Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba Land

Chief Gani Adams, the Are Onakankafor of Yorubaland, on Thursday, while speaking at the 25th anniversary of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), hinted that the OPC could be transformed into a political party.

“Without mincing words, let me say that the next few months will determine whether the OPC will remain political, neutral or partisan,” Adams said.

The Are Onakankafor who is the leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural group further noted that the only thing that would stop the OPC from becoming partisan was for the President Muhammadu Buhari led government to restructure Nigeria.

“From seeking the revalidation of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, we went on to demand total restructuring of the country. That has not been achieved till date.

“Unfortunately, we have not seen any tangible evidence or sign that we are moving in the right direction.”

“We have tried our best in the last 25 years. There is no group in the world that started as a civil society, even as a revolutionary group, that will not metamorphose into a partisan organisation.

“In all honesty, our members are becoming tired of agitation. We have made enough sacrifice for the liberation of this country. If you are not among the people who play the politics , there is no way you can change the society for good.

“What started 25 years ago as a movement for the validation of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, which was won by late Chief Moshood Abiola, had blossomed into the proverbial iroko tree that can no longer be uprooted.

“I recall with nostalgia, how the late Dr Frederick Faseun, Evangelist Kunle Adesokan, Mrs Idowu Adebowale, Ibrahim Atanda, and myself, among others, sat in Opeyemi  Bamidele’s chambers to deliberate on the way forward, following the annulment of the freest and fairest election in Nigerian history by the then military junta.

“This came after several failed efforts to revalidate the election. Did we fail or succeed in that assignment?  I will leave that question for Nigerians and the rest of the world to answer.”

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