The founder and president of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, Fredrick Fasheun has assured indigenes and non-indigenes of their safety b before, during and after the elections. He said that the congress will be working with the security agencies on Saturday to ensure the safety of those who would be going to the polls. He said his organisation will not discriminate in protecting those who will go to vote.
He said ‘OPC is a frontline group for the defence of Yoruba interests and the dispensation of social justice to sojourners in the South West. And we shall be doing everything to make everyone feel safe throughout the duration of the electoral process, before, during and after the polls.’
In an obvious reference to the comments of Oba Akiolu to the Igbos, he said ‘Yoruba cherishes its republican and cosmopolitan outlook and this cannot be abridged by anybody and any institution, that OPC will continue to maintain its position of defending peoples liberty, including the freedom to vote for the parties and candidates of their choice.’
The OPC however, warned against any derogatory remarks against the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu. The statement signed by the national coordinating council of OPC, Monsuru Akande says the institution of the Oba was one the Yoruba race held in high esteem as the OPC is an irredentist defender of the Yoruba culture and heritage.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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