Gani Adams, national coordinator of Odua Peoples Congress, OPC, has addressed an allegation that he displayed irreverence towards Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Oguwusi by shaking hands with him rather than prostrating to the monarch, as customary with Yoruba tradition. Adams, in a press statement he issued, said the allegation was “farther from the truth”. He said the allegation “shows the level of mischief of these people (his accusers)”.
“Without any fear of contradiction, I stand to say I am one of the best Yoruba sons who has cultivated, promoted and maintained a very good relationship with all obas in Yorubaland”, Adams said. Adams, however, shied from stating how exactly he greeted the monarch when he paid a visit to his palace.
The OPC leader, also, debunked another allegation that he received N9bn in bribes to support former President Goodluck Jonathan’s failed re-election. Adams said the allegation emanated from Nigeria’s information minister Lai Mohammed, calling it “unfortunate” and “sad”. The OPC leader said he supported Jonathan’s candidacy based on his belief that he would implement recommendations reached at the National Conference. He also said it was the reason he led his group to protest against then chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, who he said deliberately favoured the north against the south of Nigeria in the distribution of voter cards.
Gani Adams has since favoured culture advocacy over self-determination agitation for which he gained prominence.