Frederick Fasehun is the founder of the OPC.
The Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, on Monday declared that its founder, Frederick Fasehun, was a mole in the organisation. The Yoruba socio-cultural organisation alleged that Mr. Fasehun is currently threading the path of perfidy and self-destruction.
The National Coordinator of the group, Gani Adams, stated this in a press statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES.
“It is now very clear to us that Fasehun has chosen to thread the path of perfidy and self-destruct, with all the dire consequences. Ordinarily, we would have dismissed the comments as coming from a drowning man seeking to hold onto anything for survival, having realized his grievous and damning miscalculation, but we have realized that there is need for us to answer him and put the records straight,” Mr. Adams stated.
“While trying to justify his support for Major Al-Mustapha, Fasehun, in the story, entitled ‘Gani Adams sponsored to criticize me,’ claimed that Otunba Adams was sponsored to criticize him, and that the sponsors were afraid of his (Fasehun’s) acceptance in the North. Laughable as this accusation may seem, we would, however, want him and his cohorts to stick to the subject matter rather than beat around it,” the statement added.
“Let him be reminded that Otunba Adams’ criticism was based on Fasehun’s unholy romance with Al-Mustapha, who was fingered in the killing of late, Kudirat Abiola, a Yoruba woman and wife of late MKO Abiola, the martyr of our democracy. He also claimed that his visit to Kano had given his political party a political mileage in the North, and that Otunba Adams is losing members in drove. With his threat to name the alleged sponsors of Otunba Adams, Fasehun would do well to come out and name the sponsors now or better still cover his face in shame and keep quiet.”
The OPC alleged that Mr. Fasehun’s antecedents have proved beyond any doubt that he has always had a price tag that can be paid anytime by the highest bidder.
“Otunba Gani Adams has remained consistent with the dream behind the formation of the OPC, which was to fight for the rights of the Yoruba race and the right for self-determination.
Mr. Adams claimed that the people who are paying Mr. Fasehun’s bills tried several times to enlist his (Mr. Adams) support for the release of Mr. Al-Mustapha, but he rebuffed them. He said on each occasion, he remained steadfast to upholding the Yoruba belief that ‘good name is better than money.’
Hamza Al-Mustapha was recently freed and declared not guilty by a Court of Appeal after being accused of the murder of Kudirat Abiola, wife of late Moshood Abiola, winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election. Mr. Fasehun supported and demanded the release of Mr. Al-Mustapha.
M. Adams said recent happenings have also confirmed the OPC’s suspicions of the role played by Mr. Fasehun in the crisis that engulfed the organisation in the past.
“While professing to fight for the rights of the Yoruba race, Fasehun had always been a mole eating from both sides of the mouth. For the benefits of those who do not know the genesis of the crisis, it started after a large portion of our members realized that Fasehun was trying to use the group as a platform to join Abacha’s five political arrangements in 1998.
“In those dark days of the battle for the restoration of the June 12 mandate, most of us were always surprised that Abacha and his men always seemed to know much about our strategies and plans. But we are now convinced that the source of those leaks was no other person but Fasehun.
“What this means is that Fasehun’s unholy alliance with Al-Musapha predates his trial for the murder of Kudirat. No wonder then, that in 2008, after visiting the Abachas, Fasehun came out to say the late dictator was the best president for Nigeria,” Mr. Adams said.
The statement further added that Mr. Fasehun tried to deceive the Yorubas by choosing the UPN as the name of his new political party and also claiming that his visit to Kano has given his party a political mileage.
“But nothing can be further from the truth than this claim. Fasehun’s party lacks any base in any part of the country. His case is like a builder who starts construction from the roof rather than the foundation. All popular political parties have their strong base and followers in the base of the founder. This perhaps informed the decision of political parties like APGA, AD (later ACN) and the CPC to first build a base in their strongholds before seeking further acceptance outside of their bases. But where can we say is the strong base of Fasehun’s UPN?”
Mr. Adams claimed many members of Mr. Fasehun’s faction of the OPC have joined his faction or asked to join and that the group’s founder was no longer popular or accepted among members.
“I hereby throw an open challenge to Fasehun to join me on a walk on the street of any town in Yorubaland for a popularity test if he is truly sure of his acceptance,” Mr. Adams declared.
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