OPC Founder, Frederick Fasheun

Prince Oshibote Oodua has emerged as the new national president of the Odua People’s Congress (OPC) following the death of its founder and national president, Dr. Frederick Fasheun.

Oshibote was announced at Century Hotel, Okota, Lagos, where members of the congress gathered in their numbers to mourn the passage of their former leader.

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The Personal Assistant to the late national leader and founder of the group, Otunba Tunde Thompson, said, “the Oodua People’s Congress, being a militant group has its rules that within the next 24 hours of the demise of its leader, a new leader must emerge and that was what they have done today.

“This, coupled with the instruction laid down by Dr. Frederick Fasheun that somebody must succeed him immediately, he had been in consultation with executive members on whom to succeed him and that is what has been done today.

“They have chosen Prince Oshinbote as Dr. Fasheun’s successor. They appointed him today and he has been shown to members of the sect who are present here today.”

Although Oshibote was not the highest-ranking chieftain of the group, the Sun gathered that his emergence did not come as a major surprise to members of the congress.

The Lagos State Commandant of the group and Chief Security Officer to Dr. Fasheun, Adewale Babatunde told Sunday Sun that although the late founder of the group did not publicly announce who should succeed him, he said the choice of Oshibote as Fasheun’s successor was never in doubt.

He said: “Many of us had thought Baba would announce Oshibote as his successor when we traveled to Ile-Ife in 2017 but we didn’t know why he failed to do so. But I guessed Baba did not announce him because the national officers had made Baba OPC life-President, so it won’t sound nice to have a national president side by side with the life-president. But I gathered that Baba left an instruction that Oshibote was in the best position to direct the affairs of OPC.”

The new national president of the congress has promised to move the congress to the next level.

Oshibote who lauded the contributions of the late leader of the congress was one of the founding fathers of the group and national leader of the group before his new appointment.