Some state chairmen of the Odua’ Peoples Congress (OPC) have called on the President Muhammadu Buhari led government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate Mr. Gani Adams, who they referred to as a former OPC National Coordinator.
While accusing Adams of financial impropriety, they also called on the EFCC to investigate some aides of Adams such as Ogunshola Olugbade and Femi Felix, who they referred to as his fronts.
They spoke on Sunday during a media briefing in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
The OPC Kwara State Coordinator, Mr. Maruff Olanrewaju, who addressed the media conference on behalf of other six states’ coordinators was flanked by the Oyo State Coordinator, OPC, Chief Adeagbo Musediq; his Ondo State counterpart, Mr. Rotimi Akinsonwon, a member of the National Coordinating Council, Mr. Lateef Oshodi; a former National Publicity and Director of Programmes, OPC, Mr. Sunday Bankole as well as some other national and Kwara State executives of the organisation.
Olanrewaju said, the Delta State coordinator, Mr. Hakeem Agbo-ola; his Sokoto State and Kaduna State counterparts, Alhaji Yekini Salaudeen and Alhaji Rasaq Ogunsanwo respectively and that of Bayelsa State though absent were in agreement with their position.
He said, “We also call on President Muhammadu Buhari and the EFCC to investigate all Gani Adams banks accounts; Ogunshola Olugbade’s account as well as Femi Felix account from February to November 2015.
“Moreso, President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration should give very closed monitoring to the bank and industry sectors because how can someone within a month save more than a billion in an account without any alarm from the bankers?”
He accused Adams of planning to unleash violence in Kwara State and urged the state government, security agencies to closely monitor the activities of Adams in the state.
According to him, Adams is planning to storm Ira, Oyun Local Government on March 12 allegedly with his hoodlums.
He said Adams was removed as national coordinator of OPC because he allegedly failed the entire members of the organization and allegedly betrayed the entire Yoruba race.
He accused Adams of disrespecting Yoruba leaders including the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
Olanrewaju said, “Just of recent, you are all living witnesses when a former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo went to Oni of Ife, he prostrated flatly before Oni. But when Gani Adams went, he just bowed his head with hand shake to Oni. That is disrespectful.
Adams is a disgrace to Yoruba culture. When you are promoting culture and you cannot bow in front of one of the most highly respect Oba in Yoruba land that is unacceptable.”
The Kwara State OPC boss further said Adams was not financially transparent to members of the organization.
According to him, Adams had collected N1.6bn from a former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan for empowerment of the members, which he did not make the members to benefit from.
He also alleged that Adams collected N9bn from Jonathan’s government allegedly to destabilize the Yoruba race as well as allegedly received take off grant from Jonathan for pipe-line surveillance contract which OPC members executed only to allegedly deceive the OPC members who he said actually executed the contract that the contract money had not been paid.
Olanrewaju said, “Adams promised our members that if Jonathan released money, each member will get between N200,000 and N250,000 as empowerment. When Jonathan released N1.6bn through Musiliu Obanikoro, for that empower, there was nothing to show for it.
“He should explain how Jonathan’s money was spent. Before the election, there was a publication by a former National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress now Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed that Adams had collected N9bn from Jonathan to disorganize the Yoruba race. We denied that but later we came to the realization that truly he collected the money.
“At the first meeting after the election, he told us that he spent N800m on OPU outside the country. Where did he get the money? He also bought some properties. After the election, he went to London to establish Odua Voice Radio, which cost him thousands of dollars. Where did he get the money from if he did not collect N9bn from Jonathan?”
According to the Kwara OPC boss, Adams collected $22m from a former leader of Libya, late Muammar Gaddafi. He further alleged that Libyans had been demanding for the refund of the money.
“Adams should explain how Jonathan’s money was spent. We demand immediate reaction to the allegation of $22m Gadaffi money. He should show to the world the registration certificate of Olokun Festival Foundation, Oodua Economic Empowerment Initiative and that of Oodua Voice Radio,” Olanrewaju said.
He also alleged that Adams became partisan and supported many governorship candidates that later failed.
He added that Adams had boasted that he would mobilize 6m votes for Jonathan from South West. He stated that even with alleged rented crowd, Adams disappointed Jonathan.
According to him, Adams supported Gadaffi against Libyans while Gadaffi later died.
Olawale who said other state coordinators of OPC were solidly behind them in their revolt to Adams challenged him to sue them if he believed that their allegations against him are untrue.