The National Executive Council and National Coordinating Council of the Oodua People’s Congress fired their Osun State Coordinator, Adedeji Aladesawe.
Aladesawe is said to have been fired for accepting a bribe of 35 million nairas from President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu to gain his support in the February 25 presidential election.
He was replaced by another leader, Adeyemi Aboderin. Aladesawe was the coordinator of the OPC in Osun State until recently when he was asked to resign.
Aboderin, who replaced him, was Secretary in Osun State and he is currently Secretary of the Federation of Nigerian Journalists, Osun State Council. A statement released on Sunday by OPC Publicity Secretary Yinka Oguntimehin said that Aboderin’s appointment was unanimously confirmed by the OPC’s NEC and the National Coordinating Council.
The statement read,
“This is to inform the public that the National Executive Council has approved the appointment of Aboderin Adeyemi as the new coordinator of the Osun State chapter of the Oodua People’s Congress.
“The appointment came as a result of the OPC leadership’s desire to sustain the ideals of promoting the core values of the organisation.”
When contacted, the former Osun State Coordinator of the group, Aladesawe, told The Punch that he was removed by the OPC National Coordinator, Chief Gani Adams, on the allegations that he collected N35m from the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, to mobilize support for him in the build-up to the last presidential election.
“I was removed alongside Oyo State Coordinator, Olumo, and two others. People had called our National Coordinator, Gani Adams, to ask him if there is proof that I collected money from Tinubu before the last presidential election because that was the allegation levelled against us.
“I was accused of collecting N35m and a Jeep from Tinubu before the last election. I have never met Tinubu or any of his representatives. Olumo and I, the Oyo Coordinator, were accused of collecting N35m each and vehicles.
“Without any evidence against us; we were removed by the National Coordinator. We were even made to swear before the highest OPC leadership to prove our innocence.”