A leadership crisis in the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), the Yoruba nationalist organization, has seeped to the surface following some disaffected members challenging the leadership of Otunba Gani Adams, the group’s National Coordinator.
The aggrieved members held a meeting in the Shagamu area of Ogun State, with the aim finding a replacement for Adams as National Coordinator.
Adams’ supporters, aware of the threat the Shagamu meeting poses to the continued relevance of their leader, have started working on how to suppress the detractors.
A statement issued by the Ogun State chapter of the OPC and signed by the state coordinator, Mr. Adeshina Jimoh, described the dissenters as “expelled members.”
According to the statement, the dissent being expressed is as a result of their expulsion from the organization. Mr. Adeshina, who also branded them disgruntled, acknowledged that the crisis had been fizzing for a while, but was cleverly handled. However, it has now developed a life of its own, making it something that not be ignored.
The statement also faulted demands that the successor be chosen by Ifa divination. It alleged that Mr. Moruf Salami, who is leading the agitation for divination, was himself handpicked as coordinator of the Kwara State Chapter of OPC by Adams before later being removed by the very method through which he was selected.
Adams could not be reached for his reaction, but his Personal Assistant, Mr. Segun Akanni confirmed that the detractors held a meeting and demanded a new leader to be chosen through consultation of “Ifa”.