The Governor for Dr Fredrick Fasehun’s led Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) in Osun State, Alhaji Adeleke Akintayo Olojongbodu has emerged as the new National Deputy President of the group.
The decision of the leadership of the OPC in making Alhaji Akintayo the National Deputy President according to findings came out of his passion, contributions and efforts towards the development of the entire OPC both at home and in diaspora, saying his efforts cannot be overemphasised.
When he was the OPC Governor, Alhaji Akintayoin had done a lot in promoting the entire group and his efforts to tackle insecurity cannot be overemphasised.
While speaking at the inauguration ceremony of all members of the National Executive Council (NEC) in Lagos on Tuesday, the wife of the founder, Odua People’s Congress (OPC), Dr Fredrick Fasehun, Mrs Iyabode Fasehun admonished members of the group to uphold the mandate of Nigeria’s unity.
According to her, “Following the footsteps of the founder should be the antidote to foster the unity of Nigeria.
Mrs Fasehun recalled that her husband (Fasehun) started OPC first before other groups started theirs.
She said Fasheun believed that Nigeria’s unity was very important and that was what his supporters stood for.
“And that is what the OPC is now going to follow by the grace of God,” she said.
She further said OPC was non-partisan, and the security agencies knew how to collaborate with it to curb insecurity in the nation.
She advised youths to be patient, walk in the fear of God and work with the government to resolve the security and economic challenges confronting the nation.
“We need unity; hooliganism will not help us; if the youths have love of the Lord in their hearts, they will not misbehave,” Iyabode said.
She commended the inauguration process and congratulates the new leadership, saying she was highly elated.
In his acceptance speech, the newly elected OPC President, Alhaji Wasiu Afolabi, pledged his total commitment to the unity of the nation while calling on the youths to be innovative in creating job opportunities.
“I advise youths to be patient, we know there are no jobs but there is hope for Nigeria if youths can utilise their talents,” Afolabi said.
He appealed to members to continue to support security agencies to tackle crime.
He also urged other OPC factions that broke away to return and join hands with the group towards a better synergy.
The new OPC leader expressed joy for the success of the election and inauguration of the new executive.
He joined other members of the association to call for restructuring and true federalism to stop agitations in the nation.
“If we will not adopt the 2014 confab and other efforts that have recommended the best way forward, then, President Muhammad Buhari, as a matter of urgency, should convene a Sovereign National Conference to work out an acceptable federal constitution,” he advised.
However, a one-minute silence was observed at the beginning of the programme for late Fasehun, founder of OPC with dignitaries from the South-West states in attendance.