15th June, 2011
The founder of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Dr. Fredrick Fasheun and the National Coordinator of the Organisation, Otunba Gani Adams are again on war path.
The source of the quarrel this time is attributed to a statement made by Fasheun over the rebranding of OPC and the issuance of a new identity card for members of the organisation.
During a recent world press conference Dr Fasheun claimed that the organisation is being rebranded to identify original members from those who used the organisation to perpetrate evil.
Continuing he said: â€œthe organisation is a borderless institution which membership is being claimed by people who do not know the organization â€¦Though the mainstream organisation does not compromiseâ€™. Many of them act out of youthful exuberance but the overzealous action of these few misguided youths is not representing OPC.â€
Reacting to Fasheunâ€™s claim during the annual June 12 anniversary celebrations at Excellence Hotel, Ogba, Lagos, Otunba Gani Adams said that Fasheunâ€™s statement is laced with elements of bias, adding that he is not the sole founder of OPC and that the organisation has a standard identity card,â€ Adams said. â€œSo, we donâ€™t need a foreign company to come and assist us to produce a standard identity cardâ€™ Adams said that he can provide identity card for his members because â€œwe have I.D cards with security device. Why is he rebranding after 17 yaers of the existence of OPC.â€
He accused Fasheun of not respecting the reconconcilatory agreement signed by both parties on 7 March, 2005 in the presence of Otunba Gbenga Daniel, the then Governor of Ogun State among other things.
Reacting to the allegation during a telephone chat, Dr. Fasheun said: â€œhow can two or more people conceptualise an idea? Ask Gani whose abode is 110, Palm Avenue, Mushin where OPC was formed. I am the founder of OPC and as a democrat the rebranding has a democratic approach. I am educated enough to know my right from left, I donâ€™t want to join issues with anybody so there is no going back on what I have said.â€