Gani Adams OPC Faction To Hold Oke'badan Festival Despite CCII, Security Agencies' Rejection

Despite being rejected by the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, CCII and security agencies from participating in this year's Oke'badan festival; the Gani Adams faction of the Oodua Peoples Congress in Oyo state has concluded plans to hold Oke'badan festival.


The Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, CCII and security agencies in Oyo state we gathered have barred all factions of the Yoruba pressure group from participating in this year’s Oke'badan festival to prevent possible breakdown of law and order.
A source who spoke to our reporter on the development said that the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, CCII as well as security agencies in the State took the decision to prevent all factions of OPC from participating in the festival based on ‘security report’, which alerted the agencies of possible breakdown of law and order should any faction of the group participate in this year’s festival.
The source further added that the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) which is organising Oke'badan festival has also informed the two factions of the OPC through a letter not to participate in the festival.
“It is true that both factions of Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, have been prevented from participating in this year’s Oke'badan festival. Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, CCII and Security agencies in the State took the decision based on ‘security report’, which indicated the possibility of breakdown of law and order should any of the factions participate in the yearly Ibadan festival”.
He added: “Security agencies have held meetings between the two factions of the OPC. They were told specifically not to participate in the forthcoming Oke'badan festival to prevent breakdown of law and order in Ibadan.”
"The security agencies equally warned the two factions of the OPC not to hold any form of gathering in any part of Ibadan on the slated day of the Oke'badan festival."
Also investigation revealed that despite the 'security report' which prevented all factions of OPC from participating in this year's Oke'badan festival;  the Ibadan Property Limited Company gave Gani Adams faction of the OPC approval to use Mapo hall for its own Oke'badan festival.