Erstwhile Senior Special Assistant to then President, Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, has categorically sounded the demand of the Southwest to have the position of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, zoned to it.
In a piece entitled: “PDP and the burden of Justice and Equity,” the PDP chieftain noted that in the last 18 years, the party has had 11 chairmen from five geopolitical zones in the country with the Yoruba race of the Southwest been prevented from having a taste of the exalted office.
Okupe reasoned that the failure of a Yoruba man to emerge as the national chairman could either mean “That there is a pervasive and concealed hatred for the southwest in the PDP” or “That the PDP has very little or no regard for Yoruba interest as was evinced in the obvious cheating of the Southwest from the position of the Speaker in 2011, which was never rectified nor compensated for the whole of four years.”
The former presidential spokesman maintained that, “There is an embarrassing falsehood being propagated by political charlatans from the southwest and some influential collaborators in the top echelon of the PDP.
“The seed of this misrepresentation was sowed by a group of political clowns and court jesters under the leadership of Senator Buruji Kashamu, a political impostor who claims he is the leader of the party and the Yorubas in the Southwest.
“On the 21st of April 2016, the cream of the authentic Yoruba leadership in the southwest gathered at the Golden Gates Hotel on Kingsway Road, Ikoyi, under the Chairmanship of Chief Olabode George, a retired Air Commodore, former governor, former deputy national chairman of PDP and a grandson of the revered, legendary and world acclaimed, distinguished Yoruba icon and politician,Sir Herbert Macaulay.
“At that meeting the true sons and daughters of Yoruba land in an unprecedented unity condemned the erstwhile claim by the Yoruba traitors who went and lied to the PDP chairman, His Excellency Sen Ali Modu Sheriff, that the Yorubas do not want the chairmanship of the PDP.
“I want to state categorically here, without any fear of equivocation, that We the Yoruba’s from the Southwest, desire and demand the post of the national chairman at the next convention of the party.
“The followings are the past chairmen: Chief Solomon Lar, Chief Gemade, Chief Audu Ogbe, Prince Ogbolafor, Dr Nwodo, Alhaji Baraje, Dr Haliru Bello (AG), Alhaji Bamangar Tukur, Alhadji Adamu Muazu, Prince Uche Secondus (Ag) and Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.
“From the above in the last 18 years there have been 11 chairmen from five geopolitical zones. Only the Yoruba race from the southwest have been precluded from this exalted office.
“In the interest of fairness, equity and justice, it is most compelling that the Yorubas of the southwest zone must be allowed to contest for this post at this coming national convention.
“Any attempt to do anything to the contrary, no matter the reason advanced cannot be acceptable.
“Failure for a Yoruba man to emerge as the national chairman can only mean two things.
1. That there is a pervasive and concealed hatred for the southwest in the PDP. OR
2. That the PDP has very little or no regard for Yoruba interest as was evinced by the obvious cheating of the Southwest from the position of the Speaker in 2011, which was never rectified nor compensated for the whole of four years.
“The sad implication of the above is that, regrettably, many of us from the southwest may have to reconsider our membership of this great party we have helped to nurture and supported through thick and thin, a party we have loved almost more than our very existence, and the party we have served with all our natural endowment, in victory and defeat.
“If there exist any conscience, anywhere in this party, let that conscience speak now and stop the new and alien conscienceless power currently holding sway within the party hierarchy.”