On Tuesday, April 28, 2015 the Oodua’s People’s Congress (OPC) revealed that it has ousted the group’s founder Dr. Frederick Fasheun as its president, disclosing that he has ruled the OPC for twenty years without keeping to the vision that led to the formation of the group.
Mr. Dare Adesope was appointed as OPC’s new president, noting that the organisation was not established “to run monarchical system of government. How can one person be directing its affairs for 20 consecutive years.”
The congress declared its new leadership at a news conference addressed by its secretary-general, Mr. Sola Ajayi alongside the new president and another leader of the group, Mr. Kazeem Lawal at the OPC secretariat, Lagos.
“Fasheun is no more the president of OPC and he was removed because of his irrepressible act and that it is high time the Yoruba leaders join force with the new leadership of the congress to move the region forward,” Ajayi said.
He further explained that time has come for all Oodua descendants to embrace the congress, urging the Yoruba leaders not ‘to judge the OPC with the precedence of the past leader,’ who was advised, but did not take to the admonition.
Ajayi said the manner the congress would be managed under the new leadership ‘will be in consonance with the 1999 Constitution and that of the organisation unlike when we ran autocracy where one person took all the decision on behalf of the organisation without consulting the National Executive Council.’
The new president of the OPC, Sola Adesope, however, congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan for the just concluded general election and for accepting defeat gallantly, which he said, demonstrated the spirit of true sportsmanship that should be emulated by all.
“If it is true that some groups in the Niger Delta are saying he should not come home, we advise to disregard such threat. If he is not comfortable with them, he is welcome in any part of South-West, I can assure him that OPC will provide him adequate security,” Adesope said.
He went ahead to congratulate the President-elect, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, but urged the incoming president ‘to ensure that he corrects all the mistakes made by the out-going administration and that all regions in the country enjoys the dividends of democracy; share all national positions fairly; fight corruption; address unemployment with all seriousness and put an end to electricity problem in the country.’
He denied the allegation that the OPC new leadership was sponsored by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Tinubu to move against Fasheun, though appreciated Tinubu’s support to the congress.
He said Tinubu gave the congress money to purchase its national secretariat in 2001, which he said, had not been well developed because the members did not have the wherewithal to develop the secretariat.