OPC leader warns members against violence

Mr Maruf Olarewaju, Kwara Coordinator, Odua People's Congress (OPC) on Sunday warned members of the congress in the state against fomenting trouble that could dent the image of the group.

Olarewaju, who gave the warning at the state congress of the group in Ilorin, explained that the incumbent leadership of the group in the state was determined to rebrand the image of the group.

Olarewaju, who spoke on the sideline of the congress, promised that the leaders of the group in the state would soon come up with empowerment programme for its members.

"We are trying to bring in some innovations for our members for them to know that OPC is now a different group.

"OPC's name was dented some years back. People believed it was a group of hoodlums and thugs that foment trouble,'' he said.

The coordinator told NAN that since his assumption of office in 2006, he had changed the wrong perception, adding that the former leaders failed to explain the mission of the group to their followers.

He said: "since I know the people of Ilorin and what they stand for, when I assumed office in 2006, we had to go back to the drawing board to find out what the people of Ilorin want.

"We noticed there was a communication gap; the past leaders failed to explain the mission of OPC.

"So we started to package the group and mobilise the people to correct their wrong impression of the group."
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