The pan – Yoruba organisation, Oodua Peoples Congress, has denied the allegation that it intends to rig the April 11 gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections in Lagos state.
OPC described the statement credited to the All Progressives Congress’ National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, as “blatant falsehood”.
“There is no iota of truth in the statement. The OPC is neither a political party nor partisan organization,” the OPC’s Director of Media and Publicity, Yinka Oguntimehin, said in a statement Friday.
Mr. Oguntimehin said Mr. Mohammed has a penchant for peddling falsehood against the organisation.
“He had earlier lied that the OPC led by Otunba (Dr.) Gani Adams would cause chaos and disrupt the presidential elections held on 28th day of March, 2015 by distributing Military Uniforms to OPC members.
“However, there was no single incident of the involvement of OPC in any disruptive tendency before, during and after the elections. Alhaji Lai Mohammed’s false propaganda will only succeed in propagating Otunba (Dr.) Gani Adams soaring popularity,” Mr. Oguntimehin said.
He assured Nigerians that OPC will maintain peace and vote in accordance with the constitution. Mr. Oguntimehin also said the OPC will also maintain its friendship with ousted Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, who had awarded the group a multi-billion naira pipeline security contract.
Oba’s anti-Igbo speech
The group has also denied that it cautioned people criticising the Oba of Lagos, Riliwan Akiolu, over his anti-Igbo statement.
“On the issue of the impending gubernatorial elections in Lagos State, the Oba of Lagos; Oba Riliwan Akiolu, the State Chairman of APC, Otunba Henry Ajomale, other notable First Class Traditional rulers and Eminent Personalities, have intervened on behalf of the APC.
Consequent upon this intervention, Otunba (Dr.) Gani Adams and OPC are not partisan in any manner in this regard.” OPC said.