The official installation of National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress ‘OPC ‘, Otunba Gani Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland has been fixed for the 13th of January 2018. this was a title give to late MKO Abiola
In a statement by The Director of Media And Communication to the Aare Designate. “The palace of the Alaafin Of Oyo, Femi Adepoju “The Iku Babayeye Ikeji Orisa, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has scheduled the installation ceremony of the Aare Ona Kakanfo designate, Otunba Gani Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo for the 13th of January 2018”..
Adams was proclaimed the 15th Aare Ona kakanfo by the Alaafin on the 15th of October.
Explaining the choice, the Alaafin said the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, was chosen after considering his antecedents as a Yoruba man who had exhibited passion for defending his people, their culture and tradition.
“the choice of Adams was well thought out before a decision was taken. He has shown enough charisma to deserve the honour. “If you have been observing him in the past many years, Adams attends all Yoruba festivals, irrespective of where they are held. He also promotes our culture through so many means including his annual Olokun festival.
“I picked him because he loves the Yoruba race and all the culture and tradition of our people. He has contributed immensely to upholding them. Whenever he attends these festivals, he goes with a large entourage and financially, he is always responsible for the cost. He does not attend in order to benefit financially. He may be young but he is also very bold and courageous.
These are traits synonymous with an Aare Ona Kakanfo. Adams is a Yoruba cultural enthusiast”.
“Whenever he attends these festivals, he goes with a large entourage and financially, he is always responsible for the cost. He does not attend in order to benefit financially.
“Adams may not be as rich as Abiola but he has all the qualities an Aare Ona Kakanfo should possess. He also leads an organisation that is ever ready to defend the cause of the Yoruba race”, the monarch said.
“He may be young but he is also very bold and courageous. These are traits synonymous with an Aare Ona Kakanfo. Adams is a Yoruba cultural enthusiast. He defends the race anywhere he goes. Among his strengths is that he has strong supporters in every town in Yorubaland through his Oodua Peoples Congress.
“Money or material wealth is not considered before choosing an Are Ona Kakanfo. Abiola promoted everything that had to do with Yoruba race. He was popular among his people and he was close to traditional rulers.
A statement from the groups, which was signed by Razak Arogundade and Dare Adesope, said, “The OPC New Era and OPC Reformed are using this medium to maintain that the process of harmonising all factions of the OPC into one is ongoing. While this process is ongoing, we will like to commend all Yoruba obas, traditional leaders, and all sons and daughters of Yoruba land who have identified with both groups towards making the Oodua Peoples Congress one body.
“Our special appreciation goes to the Alaafin for his continued support towards making OPC one and also his recent pronouncement of Adams as the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land. Inasmuch as we have our reservations with the choice of Adams, we have no doubt in the wisdom of our father, the Alaafin. We believe it is in the best interest of the Yoruba race that Gani Adams, who had hitherto being a cog at unifying the OPC into one body, has been compensated with the title of Aare Ona Kakanfo to pave the way for one OPC.
“We believe that the era the OPC under Dr. Frederick Faseun and OPC under Adams have gone. A new chapter has just been opened by the OPC New Era and OPC Reformed. While Faseun has given support for the OPC to become one, we urge Adams to toe the line of honour by supporting us to make the OPC one body devoid of any rancour.
“Adams’ pronouncement as Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land has compulsorily retired him as the OPC leader. We equally urge him to tender an unreserved apology to families of all Yoruba sons and daughters whose lives were lost while engaging in superiority battle with Faseun.”