Gani Adams: Two Years On The Road Of Infamy

By Akinpelu Adeshina
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It has been two years that Gani Adams deliberately dismounted from

the great height of fame to that of infamy. For selfish reasons, he

abandoned a well-laid table of greatness to dine in the sewers. Gani

Adams’s journey to infamy began in 2015 when the National Coordinating

Council of Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, passed a vote of no confidence

on him for no other crime other than trading rights of Yoruba sons and

daughters on the altar of politics by organising anti-Jega rally.

On March 17, 2015, Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC at the behest of Gani

Adams and against the approval of the National Coordinating Council of

the group organised a protest in Lagos in which he called for the

removal of Professor Attahiru Jega as the chairman of Independent

National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria.
Like it is often said that, ‘there is no smoke without fire’, Gani

Adams action was based on the fact that he took money from former

President Goodluck Jonathan who as at that time was desperate to win

the 2015 presidential election. While speaking with journalists on the

motive behind the rally, Gani Adams was again economical with truth.

He never admitted to receiving any money from Jonathan but only

admitted that OPC had been awarded a "Pipeline Protection" contract

that would see him employ 15,000 Yoruba youths.
For those of us in the know and who have evidence that Gani Adams took

money for the protest; we immediately issued a statement

disassociating ourselves from the anti-Jega rally. We believe that OPC

as a Yoruba pressure group should be non-partisan.
We, the members of the National Coordinating Council of the Oodua

People’s Congress, OPC, the highest ruling body of the organization,

wish to disassociate ourselves from the shameful, destructive,

violent and reactionary activities of the Gani Adam-led team which

occurred in Lagos today. What was witnessed today in Lagos was the

highest level of political violence sponsored and funded by certain

elements in the Jonathan government.
Gani Adams is on his own and does not enjoy the support of a large

size of our membership spread across the country. He is working for

the sponsors of violence against our people who want the March 28

elections not to hold. Unleashing terror on innocent citizens and

killing them is not the way of democracy. It is not our idea of a

people-oriented advocacy.
Gani Adams is on dubious project. He is using the Pipleline contract

from the Jonathan government as a ploy or excuse to recruit people to

work for Jonathan and PDP in the South West. Gani Adams is acting

against Yoruba interest. The compromises he has made amounts to

selling the Yoruba to the present government for a piece of Pipeline

contract to line his pockets. OPC is not about Pipleline contracts or

any other contracts for that matter. The Yoruba interest is beyond

contracts. We seek justice and fairness from the current government.

We, members of the National Coordinating Council of the Odua People’s

Congress, OPC, call all true Yoruba leaders, sons and daughters to

stand with us in totally condemning Gani and his anti-democratic

tendencies. We must renounce him and remind him he cannot sell the

Yoruba race to Jonathan and PDP on the cheap. He also has no authority

to speak on behalf of the Yoruba people. We pity those who rely on him

to win votes. They will be sorely disappointed. Their investment is a

bad one already. We reject today and always any attempt to use our

organization and its members for narrow and selfish partisan purposes.

We must remind them that the Yoruba people cannot be hoodwinked by

sweeteners. No one will expect the larger Yoruba people to follow an

individual who is a Lilliputian in the political development and

history of the Yoruba nation. The Yorubas are politically

sophisticated people and will simply ignore political opportunist like

Gani Adams. We renounce him and his activities which are against the

larger Yoruba interest. We renounce all other Yoruba sons and

daughters who are playing roles inimical to the welfare and interest

the larger Yoruba nation.
We call on our people to be vigilant politically at this time. Nigeria

needs a new leadership, a new direction and a country that works.

Prior to that 2015 presidential election, Gani Adams also promised to

deliver six million Southwest votes for former President Goodluck

Jonathan; a promise which never came to pass as it only became

Jonathan’s albatross in the Southwest.
“OPC is a group of six million people. We sat down at our National

Coordinating Council to decide on who to vote for between President

Jonathan and Buhari and the support for Jonathan is unanimous.

“Now, we have come out to support Jonathan because of the National

Conference. We have been clamouring for National Conference since

1992, even our leaders could not organise it. President Olusegun

Obasanjo organised the National Political Reforms Conference with a

lot of no-go areas. In the end there was a stalemate. ”Now a minority,

Jonathan, did it. The only no-go area is the unity of the country. He

gave us open cheque to decide the future of Nigeria.”

Adams had on many occasions publicly justified his political bias for

the PDP and Jonathan. He got contracts to print PDP posters for the

whole of the South-West, organized pro-PDP rallies, arrange Yoruba

musicians for PDP rallies as well as sponsoring one musician by the

name of King to do a dirty album to discredit and insult President

Buhari and governor Ambode of Lagos State among others. Who now is the

politician between us and the con artist called Adams?

The truth which is glaringly evident is that, Gani Adams has done far

worse than his predecessor. He is not just romancing with politics,

but has fully plunged into it head over heels.
It is on record that the only crime Dr Fredrick Faseun committed

before we passed a vote of no confidence on him was that he took money

which he did not disclose to executive members of OPC. That was why we

replaced him with Gani Adams.
Unfortunately, over three thousand members lost their lives in the

supremacy battle that followed the removal of Faseun and subsequent

division of OPC into two. Today, Gani Adams committed more crimes that

what Faseun did before we removed him. Gani Adams has attempted to

assassinate so many of us who have passed a vote of no confidence on

several occasions.
Particularly, he has shown great disdain to Comrade Adeshina Akinpelu

whom he has directed him team of assassins to eliminate on several

occasions. His recent incitement of members against Akinpelu was when

he showed up in Ibadan to celebrate a ‘kangaroo Oke-Badan festival.

While Gani Adams has been the only one benefitting from the largess of

politics; he has not brought any commensurate gain to the

organization. Unfortunately for those myopic people who are following

him today; he is the only one acquiring properties and many luxury

cars while the average member remains pauperized.
Adams has refused to respond to the allegations of misappropriation

of OPC funds among other sundry allegations we levelled against him.

Rather than the empty boasts and campaigns of calumny he is waging

against us in the press, Adams should do the needful and either come

clean with the OPC and the public or otherwise retire to Arigidi-Akoko

which he claims as his father’s village, but which we doubt, because

the surname he uses itself, is from his mother’s side.

One Oguntimehin who turned into Adams spokesman overnight even claimed

in one his releases that ‘five organizations with “noble

responsibilities” have been birthed’ from the OPC.

The first, the Oodua Progressive Union (OPU) is nothing more than a

means through which Adams intends to swindle people in the Diaspora

much like he has done within the country. The question is, how many

meetings have the leaders of the OPC at home had with leaders and

cadre of the affiliated OPU since Adams came up with this idea which

is nothing more than a con venture?
Secondly, and as stated earlier, Gani Adams does not realize that

there is a difference between his person and the OPC as a group. This

much has been exposed by the dim-witted response of his spokes-person

in listing Gani Adams Foundation (GAF) as a part of the OPC. Millions

of OPC funds have in the past been squandered on Adams birthdays and

philandering activities without any returns or benefits to the

organization. For avoidance of any doubt, Gani Adams Foundation and

his wife’s Oasis Women Organization are distinct entities from the OPC

and numbskulls like Oguntimehin should realize this.

On the matter of the Oodua Economic Empowerment Initiative, we make

bold to say it is another diabolical scheme by Adams to swindle OPC

members and deceive them into accepting his sinister plans to join the

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) national cake squandering train. When

introducing the scheme, members where told to open bank accounts as

well as presenting two identity cards issued by the organization.

Since that was done almost a year ago, nothing has come of it, as no

member has had his/her account credited with any money despite all of

Adams claims. We stand to be corrected on this issue.

The Oodua Research Centre mentioned by Adams mouth-piece exists only

as a figment of the imaginations of Oguntimehin and his boss. If this

is not the case, let both men tell the whole world when it was

created, what activities have been undertaken by the body and where

such took place since it was created.
As for the landed property at 13 Olusoga Street, Mushin, Lagos which

Adams alleged he personally donated to the OPC in 2004, nothing could

be farther from the truth than this bare-faced lie. The land has been

the venue of our weekly meeting since the late 1990s. It is the scene

of many skirmishes with law enforcement agents. Because of its

intrinsic value to the OPC and its early history, a decision was made

to acquire the land for the organization. This was done with the aid

of one Pa. Augusto of Lawanson area, Lagos for the princely sum of

four million naira which was contributed by members of the OPC. This

was augmented with funds from the money from a job the OPC executed at

Oke-Alo area, Anthony Village, Lagos as against the claims of

Oguntimehin and his boss. There are many living witnesses to that

transaction and we challenge Gani Adams to prove otherwise.

Our demand of Gani Adams is simple; stop bastardising our collective

heritage and leave the OPC for genuinely committed members. Whatever

grouse or axe he has to grind with anybody, Adams should find a way of

settling his personal scores personally, rather than foisting it on

the group as a whole.
We equally demand that Gani Adams come out to defend his academic

certificates which we know he obtained through fraudulent means.

Rather than admit the fact that he has failed Yoruba sons and

daughters as a leader; Gani Adams has failed to acknowledge the

ethical dimension of his problems. Even with a heavily deflated house;

he still deceives himself like Narcissus who fell in love with his own

image reflected from a pool of water.
It has been two years that Gani Adams began his infamous journey to

infamy. And today, he has reached his destination where no attempt by

anybody will ever succeed in washing him clean of his self-inflicted