Leadership of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, in Ekiti State has insisted that the ex-coordinator of the group in the state, Mr. Niyi Ade Adedipe, must face the law over the alleged murder charge slammed on him by the state government.
The Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, clarified that at no time did it advocates for Adedipe’s release from the prison, where he is being detained over alleged complicity in the murder of the late Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, in Ekiti, Mr. Omolafe Aderiye, last year.
Aderiye, a close ally of governor Ayodele Fayose , was murdered in Ado-Ekiti by suspected assassins, shortly after the governor won the June 21 governorship poll. Subsequently, Adedipe, who was close to Dr Kayode Fayemi-led government at that time, was arrested as a suspect in the controversial death.
Only recently, a group in OPC had written Fayose and pleaded for clemency for its leader.
A statement in Ado Ekiti yesterday by OPC State Secretary, Chief Idowu Julius, dismissed he letter stressing that at no time did “we appeal for the release of the former coordinator, who is currently charged with murder”, and added that doing so would have been tantamount to interference and contemptuous.
The body said, “Comrade Ifabiyi Kolawole had been appointed the State Coordinator of the prestigious body, after compliance with due process and Ifa consultation at the National Coordinating Council meeting in Lagos five months ago.
The OPC added that every effort targeted at reorganising the body in Ekiti for it to regain its local and international reckoning was frustrated by Adedipe, saying it would be incongruous for OPC, a body known to be preserver of the laws to be advocating for the release of someone charged with alleged capital offence like murder.
“He did not yield to every efforts made to wean him of his anti-congress tendencies which included but not limited to; refusal to attend mandatory national meetings, refusal to attend festivals and programme of level of the organisation his continuous insistence on mixing self-determination with politics led to his expulsion.
“As a law abiding organisation, we have complete faith in the judiciary and would never interfere, nor intervene in a matter that is already before a court of competent jurisdiction and never in support of an accused who had long ceased to be a member.”