Alhaji AbdulRasheed Adebisi Olopoeyan, a chieftain and leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, has revealed that his recent meeting with the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was not to join the APC, as rumours have been saying, but to maintain a cordial relationship with all reliable political leaders irrespective of party affiliation.
He disclosed that he met Tinubu because of the admiration and respect he has the former governor of Lagos state, who is also keen on maintaining a relationship with other political leaders cutting across all political parties.
Olopoeyan, a staunch supporter of Oyo state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, who allegedly worked for the emergence of the present PDP led government in Oyo state, in recent times, has fallen out with the governor citing neglect from the Governor Makinde after his appointment into office.
It would be recalled that Olopoeyan accused Governor Makinde of neglect, despite his critical assistance pre and post 2019 elections that produced the present leadership of Governor Makinde.
But, in a chat with newsmen, Olopoeyan maintained that his status in Nigeria’s political atmosphere has granted him the will and power to meet with any political icon despite the said person’s party alliance.
He said, “It is true that I met Asiwaju. I am happy I know him. I am happy I met someone I love. I love him personally without anything attached. But I am in PDP. I have not joined APC.
”It was Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who invited me to come and see him. He said he has heard a lot about me and would love us to work together. He said he would like me to join Oyo APC. Respectfully, I told him that I am in PDP and that I cannot join the APC. I, however, told him that I love him. He said he loves people like me too.
”I remember that late former governor Abiola Ajimobi extended similar gesture to me in 2012. Thank God Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle, who was late Ajimobi’s political adviser as at that time is still alive. He was at the meeting.
“Former governor Abiola Ajimobi asked me to come over to the APC and that he would give me more than what his predecessor, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala was doing for me. I rejected it respectfully. And we related till he died last year. That is me.”