National Coordinator of the Oo’dua Peoples Congress, Chief Gani Adams, on Saturday, lashed out at the national leader of All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for antagonising him politically, saying he would never support any candidate backed by the former Lagos State governor.
Adams, who spoke with SUNDAY PUNCH, said his disagreement with Tinubu was beyond politics.
According to the OPC leader, the former governor’s animosity towards him started in 2011.
He said, “We had some people who left our group because he was financing them to break it (OPC); they couldn’t break it, so they left. We continued to address the issue; even in the media, people were asking what I had with Tinubu, but they couldn’t find any reason. I decided that if I didn’t tell the whole world, my life and integrity would be at stake.
“That was one of the reasons that I decided that if Tinubu goes to A, I will go to B. Somebody who has been working to block my progress for the past seven years; if I support him to be in power, he will do worse. Even though he is supporting the right candidate, I will go for the wrong candidate”.
According to Adams, even within the leadership of the APC, some people were wondering why Tinubu would not leave him alone.
He said, “When I asked around, people told me what he was hammering on was ‘he (Adams) attacked us during the election’. Did I use thugs to attack him? Is there any report in any police station that the OPC attacked the APC because of the Peoples Democratic Party?”
Adams said prior to the March 28 presidential poll, he had warned his members not to engage in any violent protests against the APC, adding that a day to the crucial poll, he had rained curses on his members openly on the Eledumare festival grounds in Ijora.
“I told them that anybody that would allow the APC to attack the OPC would not die well. I said, ‘Now, we are supporting Jonathan as our candidate. But that does not mean we are thugs of the PDP and that does not mean we are members of the PDP. Go to the polling booth, vote, and go back.’
“The late Gani Fawehinmi, stopped representing my group because of Tinubu. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo hates me with a passion because of Tinubu. The former National Vice Chairman, PDP, Bode George could not trust me because of Tinubu. The late former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Agagu, before he died, could not trust me because of Tinubu. At a point, Gbenga Daniel was skeptical about me because of Tinubu”, he said.