Sequel to the statement credited to the Osun State chapter of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) that the herdsmen should fish out the bad eggs in their midst within seven days or face the wrath of the group, coordinator of the Aare Gani Adams-led members of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Comrade Adedeji Aladesawe, said the group has no hand in the statement made by Alhaji Leke Akintayo, popularly called Olojongbodu, that claimed to be the leader of the Osun state chapter of the group.
Alassane, in a statement, yesterday flayed the seven-day ultimatum given to the herdsmen in the state, describing it as counter- productive. He said members of the OPC in Osun state are not part of the move, informing that adequate consultation is on-going and any effort to disrupt the on-going process is counter-productive. “Our leader,the Aareonakakanfo of of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has made concerted efforts, consulting with stakeholders, including prominent Yoruba leaders, groups and top police hierarchies on the issue of insecurity in the southwest.
” The consultation is still on-going, even as the southwest governors, on their part, have also met on the need to organise a security summit in the southwest. The latest being the meeting held last Tuesday with the representatives of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Muhammed Adamu. This is to tell the world that as members of the Aare Gani Adams- led OPC, we have a template of action. We have central control and command, we follow due process in whatever we do as a group, and we get feedbacks based on our actions. So, we are not part of the seven – day ultimatum given to the Miyetti Allah”,
The OPC chieftain stressed that the Yorubas have a way of handling such technical issues. He also applauded the statement credited to Mr. Shina Akinpelu, that other groups will meet Aare Adams, to deliberate on the way forward. ” As far as I am concerned, Shima Akinpelu statement is a welcome development, however, Alhaji Leke Akintayo,(Olojongbodu) should learn from the new initiative, rather than issuing an ultimatum on such critical issues”
“Our group will not give ultimatum on a platter, there have to be preparations before embarking on such a very important security issue that has affected many of the states in the southwest” According to him, the group giving the ultimatum has no structure in Osun state.
“They have never held any meeting. How on earth can such group give ultimatum on critical issues that affect the entire race? He queried, adding that the Aare Gani Adams- led members of the OPC is waiting patiently on the directives of the leader, before embarking on any move. “As far as we are concerned, we stand by what our leader has said. We stand by the on-going process.
\I want to advise the group not to create unnecessary tension in Osun state, because such issues could be handled maturely, without causing unnecessary tension in the state and beyond. That was how a group of YorubaYouthCouncil(YYC) gave similar ultimatum and directives, and it didn’t hold water. Yorubas aren’t cowards, however, we have to follow due process. Immediately we have the approvals, we go ahead without looking back” he said.