New PDP: Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre Was Booked For Wedding To Hide Our Intentions – Oyinlola

New-PDPFormer Osun State governor and scribe of the new Peoples’ Democratic Party (nPDP), Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has revealed how they were able to perfect their breakaway plans without the knowledge of the national leadership of the party and the Presidency.

The former governor also declared that without his support, the PDP will lose the 2014 governorship election in Osun.

Oyinlola was speaking on Sunday while addressing party supporters at the Odo Otin Grammar School, Okuku.

His supporters had thronged his hometown of Okuku to welcome him back home in defiance of an order by the PDP Elders Committee in the state that any PDP member who attended any meeting called by Oyinlola or the ‘new PDP’ would be sanctioned.

The former governor described Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, whom he constantly referred to as a former PDP chairman, as a “dictator and lawless leader”, who ran the affairs of the party without recourse to the provisions of the constitution.

Recalling that his disagreement with Tukur started immediately after they both assumed office in March 2012, Oyinlola said Tukur was in the habit of making illegal appointments as well as insisting that his aides must also be allowed to attend meetings of national executives when they were not elected

He added that his insistence as the National Secretary of the party that those aides should not be paid using funds from the party’s coffers triggered off the crisis that eventually led to his ouster.

He said, “I am happy that despite the threat that you should no longer associate with me, you still come out in large number to honour me. God will honour you all. Without my support, it will be impossible for the PDP to win the governorship election in Osun State.

“They can only go round to campaign with what they intend to do but if I follow them I will tell the people what I have done in the state.”

Oyinlola explained that the manipulation of the delegates’ list for the mini convention led to the emergence of a faction because some of the governors were stabbed in the back.

On how the ‘new PDP’ was able to secure the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, where the faction was announced to replace the Tukur-led leadership Oyinlola said, “They would have sealed the place off the way they did to our party secretariat, but we beat them to it by booking the venue for wedding without making our intention known”.

Asked if he could join the All Progressive Congress, Oyinlola said, “I will go elsewhere if I am no longer wanted.”