By: Mosunmola Ayobami in Ilorin
A group of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) in Oyo, Lagos and Kwara states has commended the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi II, for allegedly ordering Otunba Gani Adams to step aside as the National Coordinator of OPC in order to put an end to the lingering crisis rocking the congress.
The spokesman of the group, Comrade Maruf Olanrewaju gave the commendation at a press briefing organised by the group in Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital on Wednesday.
Olanrewaju, who doubles as Kwara State Coordinator of OPC, alleged that the monarch gave the order during a meeting with the group in Ife on Monday.
The spokesman described the order as a welcome development, adding that it was the only way to resolve the leadership crisis that had crippled the organisation.
He noted that the Ooni’s position is that for peace to reign in the congress, the National Coordinatorship of OPC should be based on tenure.
“His Royal Majesty has let us know that it is only the royal fathers and other traditional title-holders who die on the throne with the titles.
“But for a position like that of a national coordinator, it is temporal and with fixed tenure,” he said.
Comrade Olanrewaju described the order as the best way to resolve the crisis in the OPC and reclaim the lost glory under Gani Adams.
He assured the monarch that the group would be available for the reconciliatory move by the royal father to re-unite all the warring groups that were aggrieved due to the dictatorial style of Gani Adams’ leadership.
Corroborating the spokesman’s, Comrade Sina Akinpelu from Ibadan said they were overwhelmed by the decision of Ooni over the crisis.
He noted that the order for Adams to step aside was in the interest of the members and would in no distance time reclaim the popularity of the congress.
Akinpelu stated that Adams was not the only national coordinator the group had produced, adding that Dr Fredrick Fasheun served and bowed out.
Similarly,Comrade Olayinka Olowo from Lagos said what was morally right was for Adams to yield the order of the respected monarch for general interest to prevail.
Olowo said the group supported the concept of rotating the position to forestall leadership in the future.
According to him, allowing people to stay in positions of authorities for long makes them to develop a wanting-to-die-there syndrome.
Other leaders of the group that graced the press briefing included Chief Boye Mayangbe popularly known as Baba Odua General, Comrade Rotimi Akinsowu and Comrade Rasaq Aroguntade.