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Oshibote Oodua is new OPC leader following death of Fasheun

Valentine Chinyem



Following the death of the founder and national president of the Odua People’s Congress (OPC), Dr. Frederick Fasheun, the group has announced the emergence of a new national president.

The new president, Prince Oshibote Oodua, was announced at Century Hotel, Okota, Lagos, owned by late Frederick Fasheun, where members of the congress gathered in their numbers to mourn his demise.

It would be recalled that Dr. Fasheun died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, in the early hours of Saturday, after a brief illness according to his son.

He said: “He was sick for a short time and was taken to the hospital on Wednesday and discharged on Thursday. But then, we had to take him back, he hadn’t left the hospital for too long before a little relapse. He was admitted at the ICU. He later became stable and we thought he was going to survive. But around 1.00 am today we got the sad news that he couldn’t make it.”

More so, Personal Assistant to late Fasehun, Otunba Tunde Thompson, also said although the late OPC leader was 83 years old, he was still active, a development which he said made his death more surprising to the members of the group.

“Baba was 83 years-old going to 84. You either find him in his hotel, at his hospital or at project sites. So, we didn’t believe anything would happen to him at this point in time. The doctor advised him to rest and he was at home for two days and that was it,” he said.

Giving insight on the emergence of Prince Oshibote as the new national president of the group, Otunba Thomson 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.