THE Director of Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osun State chapter, Prince Diran Odeyemi, on Sunday, said the purported pleading by a factional chairman of the party in the state, Honourable Soji Adagunodo, for the intervention of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, in the release of Senator Iyiola Omisore was not sincere.
Omisore is being detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly receiving about N1.3billion from the office of the former National Adviser on Security (NSA), Col. Sambo Dazuki (retd).
Adagunodo had led his state executive members to the palace of Ooni, in Ile-Ife, pleading for the monarch’s intervention in securing the release of Omisore.
But, reacting to the development in a press release yesterday, Odeyemi said “Adagunodo is obviously a faction that is against the leadership of Omisore in PDP. They are a splinter group, a break-away faction operating a parallel organisation from a rented apartment in Osogbo.”
According to Odeyemi, “the group is not apologetic about their dislike for Senator Iyiola Omisore. When EFCC came after Omisore, it is logical to assume that Adagunodo group will be happy that their enemy is now out of the scene and away from their sight.
“It is also likely that the open display of sympathy and latter-day affection may not be genuine. How can we explain the sudden love for a man you so much hated while in freedom. Their actions and utterances may amount to eye service,” he said.
“In Omisore’s case, they can not be a good advocate to defend his course. It is bias and double standard. For Adagunodo, it is a dangerous game. Head or tail, his intention can never stand the test of absolute sincerity. Why going from pillar to post over a sensitive matter still under investigation.
“You can only plead when confronted with evidences of guilt not prior. This is why Adagunodo’s plea to Ooni of Ife on behalf of Omisore is a strange strategy that can be viewed as a further attempt to nail Omisore by his enemy posing as his friend,” the release added.