The National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Gani Adams, has described as suicidal, attempt by any region of the country to boycott the proposed national conference.
The OPC leader said this while speaking with journalists at this year’s anniversary of ‘Oya Day’ at Ira, Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State.
According to him, the outcome of the conference could be the yardstick for which the nation would be run in the future.
The OPC coordinator, who cautioned against alleged plans by some groups or individuals to politicise the move, believed that more people from the South-West geo political zone would support the conference.
He said; “All I will tell you is that about 95 percent of the Yoruba people want this conference.
We want a situation whereby we can talk to resolve the country’s problems. There are lots of grey areas and anomalies that need to be corrected in this country. “Every sane person knows that this country is not moving forward. Most of the people who are opposing the proposed national dialogue are politically biased.
“OPC, being a non-partisan organisation, has a major aim, which is to have a very good country so that our people will be liberated from the shackles of oppression. “Definitely, there is bound to be divergent views on very sensitive issues like the proposed dialogue, but my surprise is that majority of the people who kicked against it, started this agitation.
“They started it when we were in the struggle. When some of them were leaders of NADECO to the extent that they canvassed for the conference till 2003; even some of them are advocates of true federalism; they are advocates of state police, but for one reason or the other, they made a u-turn on the dialogue.”
He added; “Interestingly, many politicians in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that vehemently opposed the dialogue have now supported it. “To tell you that the dialogue is widely accepted, the 12 places the advisory committee members had visited, they got rousing support apart from the minor issue in Edo State.”