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.
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-Lai Mohammed(Nigeria’s Information Minister on IPOB)
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