The Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, has denied the allegation that it was hired to disrupt the April 11 governorship and House of Assembly elections in Lagos state.
OPC described the statement credited to the All Progressives Congress’ National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, as “blatant falsehood”.
“There is no iota of truth in the statement. The OPC is neither a political party nor partisan organization”, the OPC’s Director of Media and Publicity, Yinka Oguntimehin, said in a statement Friday.
The OPC spokesman said Mr. Mohammed has a penchant for peddling falsehood against the organization.
“He had earlier lied that the OPC led by Otunba (Dr.) Gani Adams would cause chaos and disrupt the presidential elections held on 28th day of March, 2015 by distributing Military Uniforms to OPC members.
“However, there was no single incident of the involvement of OPC in any disruptive tendency before, during and after the elections. Alhaji Lai Mohammed’s false propaganda will only succeed in propagating Otunba (Dr.) Gani Adams soaring popularity”, Mr. Oguntimehin said.
The statement assured Nigerians that OPC will maintain peace and vote in accordance with the constitution.
It also said the OPC will maintain its cordial relationship with outgoing Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, who reportedly awarded a multi-billion naira pipeline security contract to the group.
The group has also denied that it cautioned people to desist from criticizing the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, over his anti-Igbo statement.
“On the issue of the impending gubernatorial elections in Lagos State, the Oba of Lagos; Oba Riliwan Akiolu, the State Chairman of APC, Otunba Henry Ajomale, other notable First Class Traditional rulers and Eminent Personalities, have intervened on behalf of the APC.
“Consequent upon this intervention, Otunba (Dr.) Gani Adams and OPC are not partisan in any manner in this regard”, OPC said.
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