How PDP members assaulted me over Jonathan’s campaign fund – Party leader

The Peoples Democracy Party, PDP, leader who was assaulted by members of his party for refusing to distribute money allegedly received from President Goodluck Jonathan has narrated his ordeal.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how Pegba Otemolu was physically attacked last week by Ogun State community coordinators of President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign.

Mr. Otemolu, while addressing a press conference at the PDP secretariat in Abeokuta on Saturday, denied collecting any money from the presidency or the campaign headquarters of the party in Abuja.

“I’m here to let the whole world know that I’m a loyal and honest member of our great party and at no time, anybody in the party, right from the National Secretariat of our party or the Presidency has given me one kobo,” he said.

The party leader said he only recently met with the national leadership of the campaign organisation.

“Last week, the Presidential Organization Committee (on) Mass Mobilization headed by Prof. Jerry Gana arranged a national training tagged ‘Operation Win Your Ward,” he said.

He added that representatives from all the states attended the training and that he and two others -Adepegba Otemolu and Dapo Adeyemi – represented Ogun State PDP.

‘The three of us represented the state at the training. The training went well and all the materials in terms of educational materials were handed over to us so that we’ll go back to our state and organize the same training for three persons per ward,” he said.

“The training programme was to take place last Monday, the16th but Jerry Gana sent a text message to me that due to non-availability of funds, the training programme should be rescheduled for Wednesday 18th of March and that willy-nilly, the fund for the training programme would be made available.”

The politician said due to lack of funds, he was reluctant about proceeding with the training.

“On Wednesday 7 a.m., I called the chief organizer, that is Dapo Adeyemi. I warned him, I sent a text message that we should not go ahead with the training since the fund has not been made available. The text message is here for people to see.

“While I was contemplating on that, the national auditor who is my superior officer, Alhaji Wole Adeyanju called me that he had just landed at Murtala Airport for the same training because he’s a member of the national committee. He said whether I like it or not, the training must go on.

‘The training took place at Imperial Hotel, Quarry Road, and the assignment given to me is to talk, give a lecture on the achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan. We did our accreditation, 756 attended, and the training programme commenced. After the national auditor’s speech, I was the next person as a zonal officer to talk and give my own lecture which I did and everybody was happy. They gave rounds of applause, people were happy’,he explained.

The crisis which led to the assault on Mr. Otemolu started a few hours later.

“But at the end, around 2 p.m., we had not received one kobo from the national committee headed by Jerry Gana. Then I called the national auditor who is the most senior person, please address our people. Tell them that the funds for the honorarium has not been made available. They should exercise patience as soon as the money is available, it would be given to their local government coordinators,” he said.

“Before he finished that statement, there was an uproar and they started throwing chairs. They said unless they were given money, none of us would leave the venue. We were held hostage for four hours and towards the end, I appealed to them and that they should allow us to go and that as soon as the money is available, we’ll let them know.”

The protesters, however, refused to bulge.

“I moved into my car but before you knew what was happening, they damaged the whole car, Honda Pilot and the car is at the Adigbe Police Station, presently. The windscreen, the rear light, the side glass, damaged; they vandalized the vehicle, back and front simply because of the non-availability of funds,” the party scribe said.

Mr. Otemolu said neither he nor any of the organisers received the money meant for the protesters.

“Nobody gave me any dollar. I did not collect one kobo from anybody. If anybody was to be given money, it should have been Dapo Adeyemi whose bank information was submitted. But in fairness to him, no kobo, nothing,” he said.

Explaining how he was assaulted, he said, “They beat me mercilessly, they tore my dresses, they were shouting Ole! Ole! I could not believe that people from my party could treat me in that manner. They are from my party.

“I was stripped half-naked and beaten. They stole my personal money, wrist watch, my necklace, my bead and total cash of about N80,000.”

Jonathan intervenes

Mr. Otemolu also confirmed that the presidency later intervened in the crisis.

“Around 11 a.m. the following day, I got a call from the National Security Adviser to the President that I should explain what happened and that by virtue of their job, they were supposed to be in the know. I narrated the whole story just like I’m telling you now and he said he would get back to me in due course’.

“So, in short the National Security Adviser to the President is aware of the maltreatment given me. And I want to make it known that the same training exercise took place in some South West states.
“I’m aware of Osun State that has not collected one kobo from the same source. They have not collected one kobo and this fact can be verified from (Olusola) Obada who handled Osun. They have not paid them and they never went on any rampage. They have not been paid just like Ogun. Osun has not been paid and they did the training and heaven did not fall. Why Ogun?

‘So, when they now said I collected dollars from President Goodluck Jonathan and I refused to give them and I was running away, it was not true. I did not collect one kobo from anybody. I took part in the training, I gave them a lecture about the achievements of the president and after the lecture people were demanding for honorarium which I was not able to give.

When asked if he intends to take legal or disciplinary action against his attackers, Mr. Otemolu said he would not.

“I’m a leader in the party and those people in the party are very junior to me and if I have to start taking action, whether within the party, disciplinary action or take a legal action against them, it would be unbecoming of a leader. I’m a leader and they are leaders, too. I cannot take any legal action against them,” he said.

“But I know most of them. I know those who beat me and even from the Facebook, you can identify them. But for the oneness, I refuse and I will not take any legal and disciplinary action against them.”

Mr. Otemolu blamed leaders of the campaign headquarters in Abuja for the crisis.

“The truth of the matter is that those who are supposed to send money, failed in their duty. The organisers, headed by Jerry Gana that promised to send money as honorarium for the participants failed to send their money. I don’t have their kobo with me. I’m contented with what God has given me and I don’t feel taking people’s money would solve my problem.

“I want to tell the whole world that I don’t have access to President Goodluck Jonathan’s money; nobody gave me money and I’m not a thief and I’ve not stolen anything from anybody that would warrant the treatment given me.”

The party scribe also insinuated that the assault my have been instigated by persons opposed to his stance within the party.

‘Most of their actions were instigated, most of the actions of the mob were instigated. I do not want to implicate anybody. That thing was masterminded and the participants were instigated for all those actions. They were instigated within themselves not by people from outside,” he said.

He also said the hotel where the training held was yet to be paid contrary to reports; and lamented that the assault also affected his family.

“My children, three of them called me from the UK and they were weeping, telling me that I should withdraw from politics. So, all the members of my family have been embarrassed, including my wife.

“But because of my liking for politics, I told them they should not get unnecessarily worried. That it’s one of those things. I even narrated the story of Jesus Christ who was beaten and crucified.
“So, I’m not disturbed. I’ve not defected from the party. But the whole world should know that I’m not a thief and I’ve not taken one kobo from anybody,” he said.


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  • Paul Sunepa Lawrence

    What an APC news on line. Why didn’t you use the caption that pdp did not Share money. You are so bias in your reports

    • Ademola Adeojo

      But President Jonathan gave 7 billion Naira to Gani Adams to cause security problem in Yoruba land. Is that not true again? Why do you want to deny the truth?

  • Dankasa

    Paul, PT are good Nigerians not people like who are weak and Hippocrates. You slept yesterday without light I believed and cant go to your village without harrassment and intimidation either by security agents or your brothers who kidnap on daily basis and we should continue like this because sentiment worry you, don’t you know that sentiment is an attribute of weaknesses? You like it or not Change is coming and is here to stay but you have a choice; you can seek for Asylum to somewhere in the world like your sister Dezieni who in the last few weeks sought Asylum from three western countries and was denied. Choice is your but we in this country need a better life. You don’t want it, you can leave, man. APC will rule this country with you Paul in it, period!

  • Spoken word

    Bunch of low lifes.even the NSA is involved in sharing money.very shameful.

  • halima

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  • Ogom

    The man should listen to his wife and retire from politics

    • Rolake Adeshida

      ..if im retire how him go fund the UK lifestyle of his wife and children? hehe

      • Ogom

        True

  • Ogundeji Ogbede Oluwatosin

    what a shame when people are so impoverished they expect to be paid even for attending a training? Nigeria sey na like dis e go dey dey?

  • Bo Biz

    Nigerians are something else. What does PDP meant by organising a training to ‘teach’ their officials on how to talk and give lecture on the achievements of Goodluck Jonathan? What is wrong with Nigerians? What is there to learn about a phantom achievement? If you’ve achieved anything tangible and worth showcasing,simply point directly at them.You don’t need spin doctors to show verifiable facts.
    This show of shame was simply a demonstration of how dirty and low politics has become in Nigeria.It’s all about stolen money,and it’s distribution.

  • Dumbo

    “My children, three of them called me from the UK and they were weeping……….” You were giving lectures on how well Dr Dumbo has performed. What are your children doing in the UK? I guess they are attending almagiri schools like the ones build by Dr Dumbo. The PDP thugs that handled you did not do a proper job, if they did you won’t be able to spew all these rubbish. It is obvious that the presidency was embarrassed hence they asked you to deny that no dollar was involved.

  • Ugochukwu Amaefula

    PDP government and her followers are evil

  • blackdove

    These are the same people Jojo believe will go and queue up to vote for him without getting paid on election day? Give me a break!

  • Onike24

    See this wicked inhuman people, your own children are in the UK but you are playing with the future of other people’s children? Such a pity….

  • Spoken word

    Fool.shows how ignorant he is.asking for people to vote GEJ but his kids are conveniently in the U.K.PDP is full of two faced monsters.you are lucky you are not currently in hospital after the beating.

  • Emeka215

    It’s not a rocket science. We as Nigerians are never patient and we know it.

  • Etega

    Why dem no go porous ya head wen u wan chop alone???. Na people like dis man suppose decamp to APC.

    • Nelson David

      My broda just imagine dat kind tin.

  • Nwaobilor

    Why is it that these politicians keep acting like kids every now and then?. Atimes i stop to think, who are the supposed leaders at the end of the day?.

    • Enumah

      Has in it beats my imagination..

  • Jibiti Jakpa Junction

    This CROOK shut shut up!!!!!!!

    What are 3 of your children doing in UK? …how many Labour party leaders in Manchester have ‘half a child’ living in Nigeria? …..Just like Tinubu whose children were in Universities in UK while there are over 211 Universities in Nigeria…Who are these universities meant for?

    Idiooots! They call themselves politicians but the are the greatest idioooots of all times.

    Look at atiku abubaka! He built a school and called it ‘The American University’ of Nigeria. Is that not craziness? …They should have beaten you to coma and removed all those useless teeth that you are using to tell Nigerians that 3 of your children are in UK. Nonsense!

  • ije2014

    No honour amongst PDP thieves. Most interesting part of the story “My children in UK ……….” They send their kids abroad and ruin Nigerian kids’ lives.

    • Kimkpimi (Okitipupa)

      Keep quiet for there!

      Duncee just returned from UK for treatment. He was there in 2013 & 2014 for check ups too. Google ‘Buhari in UK for medical check up’ and you will see for urself.

      What of Bola? He, the man & woman he told us are his parents, and all his nuclear family all go to UK for treatment. Fashola’s Dad was in US for some time before he died. Bolas kids are in UK & US studying or spending Lagos state tax payers’ money. So keep shut and call all of them by their names. This is not PDP or apc …It is about all the idddiiiooootic thieves who call themselves politicians and leaders but find our hospitals and schools repulsive…So who are they meant for?…and when election time comes they all come with their smelling mouths asking for votes…

      May all those who so hate Nigerians and treat them with disdain end up in the hottest parts of hell.

  • people like this give a bad name to the rest apple in the basket, selfishness and greed.

  • kemi

    all i know is that PGEJ will win

  • chinwe davis

    he deserves what got to him,

  • you wanted to squander the fund and not do what it was meant for, thus the beating,

  • Nelson David

    Whoever chooses to eat the money meant for public should be treated as such.

  • geraldine jaja

    this shouldn’t have reached this level..they should get themselves together

  • Bassey

    Most all this leader want to use this time to enrich their self with money mend for the party members, you get luck say you still get mouth to talk self.

  • uzo

    PGEJ will still win the election

  • uko bassey

    It makes no difference#GEJTILL2019

    • Etukudoh Ibok

      2020 pls! That’s more like a round number you know!

  • faith adams

    I do not subscribe to this story.

  • nafisat

    GEJ remains president till 2019#no distraction#no GMB

  • emmanuel

    winning things for Mr President

  • felicia jones

    This is a common issue, they should resolve within themselves.

  • sofia williams

    With time the truth will prevail.

  • kingsley obi

    We should all embrace peace as it is priceless.

  • Fijabi Remilekun Oguntoyibo

    I am a 73yr old jobless retired Major General and serial loser of elections, an avid Sharia propagandist and one with a penchant for blood. Out of frustration, I threatened that if I lose again I will spill blood. It worked. I got a lot of Yorubas behind me cos they are afraid. What is my name?

    • Barlowgun Korlarworley

      You’re a rogue and a bastard.

    • Ahmad

      Your name is BASTARD FIJABI REMILEKUN OGUNTOYIBO. Courtesy of a Baby factory.

    • chemy

      You are a nobody. The riddle stinks.

  • Monday Onukogu

    Having carefully read through this writeup and the truth of matter, I feel that it will be proper for the party leadership to come up with a press statement condeming the actions of the protesters, and also render an unreserved appology to the man that was brutally asulted.

  • Musbau Hamzat

    “My children, three of them called me from the UK and they were weeping” – Huh! Most of the politician have children abroad and were using another pple – Unemployed to cause trouble. Diaris God oooooo

  • truthtalks23

    Nawa o, when this news came out, I read it, this man was insulted and called all sort of names by readers. now he has said his story on a press conference, and he is still being called names and insulted (if he had anything to hide will he call a press conference?). even people are jumping on his comment about his kids…did he mention that any of his kids are in school? for an elderly man like this that should be a grandpa I doubt he will have kids still attending school. what if the kids are working and living in the UK due to the nature of their jobs or on transfer? what if they went on a short trip, nothing suggests anything but people will rather pick up the worst and hurl insults. “for lack of knowledge, my people perish” one day someone will read your story and judge you too. I believe its time we try to act with decorum, it takes an ill mannered person to start hurling insults. the internet is your friend, im sure you can find his children if you search.

  • truth is bitter

    The truth is bitter, what is the concern about his children though, this children are just concerned about there father I believe any child will be.But to start with what monies are we talking about hear we need to stop all this in our greate country. Is a shamless behaviour beating one another for egunje nawa. Oga can I ask where did that 800.000 naira came from why didn’t you share it among yourselfs and get a refunded later. Am sorry it came to that. It is well oo.

  • Go on with one Nigeria

  • GusO

    The question is what happens to the recommendations, if any, that comes out of these conferences? Do the eminent presenters just make their presentations and everyone forgets what they said at the end of the conference? Or are the key sensible recommendations collated in a summary report to be shared with law makers, politicians, ministry personnel leadership such the Federal and State Ministers and Senior staff of the ministries to consider how the sensible recommendations can be implemented? If there is no mechanism by which these conference recommendations can trickle down from the conference through key policymakers to civil servants and politicians who are charged with policymaking in this nation, then the conferences are a waist of time. Everything must be done to make policy recommendations applicable in the country.