By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adebisi Olopoenia on Sunday alerted that some suspected “cabals” in Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration are hell bent at distabilizing PDP in Oyo State.
Alhaji Olopoenia who raised the alarm while speaking with journalists in Ibadan declared that the cabals particularly wants him out of PDP at all costs to achieve their selfish political gains.
The PDP Chieftain maintained that the said cabals are presently feeding Governor Makinde with selfish advice especially on sensitive issues like that of the NURTW crisis among others in the state.
Besides, he stressed that the cabals in Governor Makinde government are now spreading fake news of his alleged plans to quit PDP for another political party, saying the rumours of his purported plans to quit PDP was untrue and fingment of their imagination
He emphasized that as one of the PDP leaders in Oyo state , there was nothing of such, adding , “I am not leaving PDP and I don’t have such a plan”.
“Let me tell you this, I started the PDP reforms in Oyo state in 2015 when others are even leaving for another party. In fact, 80% of those that left PDP then are now back in the party to achieve their selfish ambition . I know them, may be later, I may have to mention their names. They are back in PDP for what they will gain from the government and not that they are interested in the party “, he said.
Alhaji Olopoenia alleged that it was the cabals in the Oyo state government that are behind the NURTW issue based on their interest in the largesse from motor parks across the state and not their interest in the Governor Makinde led government .
The PDP Chieftain lamented that the cabals failed to learn from history, saying, it was the NURTW palaver in Oyo state that consumed the administration of Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala , saying, “I am not an NURTW member , I don’t want to be any, I have nothing to do with the union
” I advised the governor on it, it was these NURTW issues that consumed Akala’s administration . But some people in this government are only interested in the money from the motorparks and not in the government itself. That is why they are after my life and I raised the alarm few days ago. When the advice wanted to turn to another thing, I have to back out. Some said I want to be the Chairman of the Union, that’s why am against the choice of a factional leader to lead the Union, some said I have interest in another factional leader. But my own interest is the peaceful atmosphere in the state and that was the reason I was cautioning the Governor on the issue but when it wanted to turn to another thing entirely to the extent that my life was in danger, I had to back out”.
Speaking further, Alhaji Olopoenia declared that though he is not leaving PDP for another party, there should be no basis for anyone to be peddling such to gain political relevance from Governor Makinde, saying, as far as he is concerned ,he owes nobody any explanation or apology if he wishes to leave the party as founding members of the PDP and one of the few that has in no time left the party, millions of those sycophants cannot move him out of the party.
“Though if I wish to leave the PDP today, I owe nobody any explanation. I am one of the founding members of the the party, I am one of the few who has never for a day leave the party. Those who are carry the rumour that I wanted to leave the party, are those who are looking for what to eat, they have left the party in several occasions but find their way into the government.Why would I leave the party that I build, when Governor Ajimobi was in power in 2012, he invited me to join his party, I refused. When Governor Akala left the PDP to Labour party, despite our closeness, I didn’t followed him”.
Alhaji Olopoenia stated, “I started the reformation of the PDP in 2015, bringing back those who have left, working tirelessly to bring PDP back to power in 2019, why would now leave the party when we are in government.But I owe nobody any apology or explanation if I decided to leave but I am not leaving, the rumour is the handiwork of sycophants who have formed cabal around the Governor but they cannot destroy our party neither the government”.