It is pertinent to note that all meaningful, mindful Nigerians and technocrats both in Nigeria and in the Diaspora watched in admiration and sympathy the establishment of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in the aftermath of the annulment of the June 12, 1993 Elections the best and freest Election ever held in the history of Nigeria whereby a business mogul late Chief M.K.O. Abiola a Yorubaman of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) was leading ahead of Alhaji Tofar an Hausaman of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC)under the able military leadership of an Hausaman Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Banbagida (Rtd). The annulment of the June 12, 1993 Election is traceable to ethnical affiliation, that is if Alhaji Tofar had won the Election the military President Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (RtD) and his accomplices Northern Military Officers would have handed over power to him.
The irony and the most painful aspect of it all was that the Election was annulled by Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Banbagida (Rtd) who instead of following the rule of law and write his name in the good record of Nigeria and Guinness Book of Record which Gen. Abdusalmi Abubakar (Rtd) took over from Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida on a platter of gold instead Chief Earnest Shonekan was appointed as the Interim President which in terminology the idea is like compensating the people of the Yorubaland thinking that the Yoruba race can easily be blindfolded where late Chief M.K.O Abiola hailed from particularly Abeokuta which was a ploy to calm down the Yoruba race and at the same time ridicule them and to try their capacity in the process late Gen. Sanni Abacha (Rtd) overthrown the Interim government of Chief Earnest Shonekan and also appointed Gen. Donald Oladipupo Diya (Rtd) also from Ogun State the home state of late Chief M.K.O. Abiola Gen. Donald Oladipupo Diya (Rtd) as the Chief of Staff Supreme Headquarters which was an appointment without portfolio whereby the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Ishayi Bamayi (Rtd) was the one in charge acting as the second in command instead of the Lt. Gen. Donald Oladipupo Diya (Rtd).
In line with this ploy by the Hausa military officers, Lt. Gen. Oladipupo Diya (Rrt) was invited by Hausa military officers that there was a plan to topple the government of late Gen. Sanni Abacha which Gen. Donald Oladipupo Diya (Rtd) either true or false according to insinuations acceded to unknowingly to him that it was a ploy to rubbish and eliminate him due to the grudges he had with late Gen. Sanni Abacha (Rtd) in terms of good relationship they had together as military officers. The Yoruba race felt cheated and sensed there was conspiracy against the Yoruba race as late Chief M.K.O. Abiola was advised to declare himself as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) who are people of substance from the Yoruba race namely Ashiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, late Abraham Adesanya, Ayo Opadokun, Nduisi Kanu, Paa Alfred Rewane, Paa Enahoro etc .
After late Chief M.K.O. Abiola declared himself as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Epetedo Area of Lagos State, he traveled to America and on his return he was arrested, clamped in jail and he eventually died in detention which resulted to upheaval between the Hausa settlers in Idiaraba, Lagos and the Yorubas. Otunba Gani Adams was the National Secretary of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) while Dr. Fredrick Fasheun was, and still the National Chairman of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC). During this trying period of the Yoruba race Otunba Gani Adams led the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) to conquer the Hausa menace in Idiaraba, Mushin Area of Lagos State then the Federal Capital of Nigeria but today, both the Hausa and the Yoruba are since then living together in peace and harmony in Idiaraba, Mushin, Lagos but the Hausa settlers in Idiaraba were made to understand that they were just settlers and not the owner of the land.
Also Otunba Gani Adams ensured that the notorious underworld men tormenting the inhabitants of some parts of Lagos State and its environs were identified and eliminated in totality to the leadership power of Otunba Gani Adams due to the superior spiritual fireworks of Oodu Peoples Congress (OPC). Otunba Gani Adams hails from Arigidi in Akoko North Local Government Area of Ondo State of Nigeria. A Sunshine State, whose people are known for their “fearfulness, uprightness to conquer any cheating, unfavourable atmosphere and unwanted situation”.
So also, the founder of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) is from Ondo town in Ondo State of Nigeria. The conferment of Aare Onakankanfo by the Kingmaker the Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi on Otunba Gani Adams was a welcome decision and a merited one indeed. Otunba Gani Adams, the spirit of the Yoruba Ancestral Heritage will grant you the power, zeal and energy to conquer any principalities and powers of both spiritual and physical source gang-up against the people of the Yoruba race now and in the nearest future will never work.
Chris Blackwell Ikumapayi