*By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
Oyo PDP stalwart has said that he will not keep silent until justice is done over damage vehicles at Jogor event center.
SWIndependentnews.com.ng reports that a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, Alhaji AbdulRasheed Adebisi popularly known as Olopoeyan has declared intentions to pursue justice over attack launched on his loyalists where over 50 vehicles were destroyed during the PDP state Congress held at Jogor Event Center Oke Ado Ibadan.
Recalled that Alhaji Olopoeyan, Engr. Femi Babalola (Jogor), Barrister Azeem Gbolarunmi, Hon. Mulikat Adeola, Hon. Muraina Ajibola, a lawmaker representing Ibarapa North/Central Federal Constituency at the House of Representative Abuja, Hon. Yemi Aderibigbe, Hon Ademola, Engr. Popoola, Omotoso, Chief Nureni Akanni, Alhaji Gani Dosu, Princess Aderonke Adedoja and other stakeholders of the party led their loyalists in a state congress on Saturday 16th October, 2021.
The stakeholders congress at Jogor started peacefuly and some new executives were produced from votes of delegates that converged for the exercise. Names of the newly elected executives of the congress were announced as Hon. Michael Okunlade (Chairman), Hon. Mathew Abioye (Deputy Chairman), Mr. Abiodun Oyesola(State Secretary), Pa Olawuwo( Vice Chairman Oyo South), Akeem Ariola(Financial Secretary), Mogaji Bola Akinyemi(Publicity Secretary) and Asiwaju Adekola Adeoye re-elected as the Youth Leader of the party.
Shortly after the announcement of the names of the newly executives some armed thugs stormed the venue of the congress with dangerous weapons in an attempt to sabotage the whole process, but were repelled by the joint security force of the Department of the State Security DSS and the Nigerian Police Force who were on standby and it was gathered that they were able to made some arrest.
Briefing journalists in his Idi-Ape residence on Thursday about the situation of things, Alhaji Olopoeyan said, “what happened at Jogor is so strange to us because parallel congress is not strange to political parties, even the recently held APC Congresses across the country we saw that there were parallel congresses in almost all the states.
“Parallel congresses was reported in Osun, Lagos, even in the northern part of the country and no report of attack was reported, some of our cars over 50 were damaged, this is a clear indicators that we are not an aggrreived members, those attacking us are the aggressive people, they are surely the aggrreived members, the media and the general public should take note of that, that we are not thugs.
“I saw those that were arrested by the DSS, they wore a vest that has pictures of Seye, Governor Makinde and Auxiliary, this shows that they were been sent to disrupt our congress, why? what did they stand to gain form it? You can imagine those people are not even from the opposition party, those who sent them I don’t know but they wore the same uniforms that some of the PDP members that are loyalists to Governor Makinde wore at Adamasingba stadium on that day.
“I know when the DSS are through with their Investigations, those people who sent those thugs will be made to face the full wrath of law as well as their agents of destruction.
“Parallel congress is not new in Politics, even during the era of late Ajimobi the APC led government in the state, there was a parallel congress in their party and nothing happens, Ajimobi and his loyalists held their own and Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle the so called Unity Forum also held their Congress at Liberty stadium then heaven did not fall, and nobody went there to attack them, despite the fact that they are not on same page with the Governor.
“The APC people were not responsible for the attack because they were greeting us when they were heading for their congress at the Liberty stadium which is like a stone throw to our venue before they were briefed that their Congress has been postponed, those guys arrested wore a vest that has pictures of Seye, Governor Makinde, and Auxiliary so it is clear that those guys are not from APC.
“Those people are just labelling our party in the state, they are about returning what happened in 2011 back to the State and God will not allow such again in our state. Olopoeyan said.
While speaking on any possible move on reconciliation after the Congress, Olopoeyan said, Governor Makinde lack the capacity to call for dialogue again after we have conducted our congress separately, it is only the National Working Committee of our party in Abuja that can call us, those are the people that have such capacity, they are the party structures, Makinde is just a Governor and not the owner of the party we have people that owns the party and those are the National Working Committee. That is why you will see that he can’t impose or force anything upon us here, it will not work unless he follows the due process.
Makinde have the power as Governor to bring more people on board he should emulate what Akala did while he was the PDP governor of the state, he was the one that brought the likes of Dotun Oyelade, Prof. Taoreed Adedoja and even made Taoreed Adedoja one of his Commissioner then, these are big politicians who were in the opposition parties then and this is what we also expect Governor Makinde to be doing for us in our party and not fighting the members who have laboured for his struggle to become Governor.
Whatever the decision of the National Working Committee on the matter of congress we will be okay with it, because we strongly believed that they recognize us as major stakeholders and in politics we don’t joke with members especially when it comes to stakeholders like us, we are the grassroots politicians that control the party structures in this state and they as well saw the mammoth crowd that came for our congress that day, so they will surely see to the matter and we will be okay with their decision.
Olopoeyan however pledged to follow up the case till logical conclusion saying, ” , I will not stop talking, I will purse the case till logical conclusion, if I hear that the arrested thugs have been free by the DSS the following day I will call press conference, I will not stop talking untill Justice prevail on those who attack us, they destroyed our vehicles, some of the owners of those vehicles have been coming to me and I have been attending to them giving them money for repair of their damage done to their vehicles, so I will not relent, I will not keep silent I will continue to follow up the case to let people know that we are not thugs and to let them see that we are not the aggressive type, they are the one harbouring thugs.