Following the of the resignation of the erstwhile Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo, his defection to the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the eventual reaction by the party describing him as an ‘opportunist’ and a ‘mole’, Oluwo has fired back.
Recall that the State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Joe Igbokwe, in a statement tagged Oluwo as one who engages in anti-party activities who abuses power and influence.
Reacting to the claims, Oluwo in a statement said the response lacks substance and facts adding that he expected the party to address issues he raised in his defection notice.
According to him; “When I raised some issues in my resignation letter to the Chairman of APC, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, the Lagos APC Publicity Secretary, initially dismissed me as an inconsequential person who is not worthy of being glorified with a response. Within 24 hours, he reversed himself with a response that is very robust on fiction but completely empty on substance and facts.
“Rather than address the issues of internal democracy, abuse of power, manipulation of democratic institutions and disregard for extant rules and guidelines that I raised in my letter, he embarked on a wild goose chase of character assassination and employed every trick possible to divert his readers’ attention away from the facts.”
Addressing allegations of engaging in anti-party activities, Oluwo said; “This is a figment of Joe’s imagination! I started politics in PDP in 2006, joined ANPP in 2007 and AC in same 2007. Since joining the AC/ACN/APC platform, I have never joined another party until my resignation from the APC in December, 2018.
“On his claim that I left APC because my wife was denied the Chairmanship ticket, my wife, Dr. Arin Oluwo, a University of Lagos PhD holder, contested and lost the primary ticket for Eti-Osa II House of Assembly to the incumbent-Mr. Gbolahan Yishawu in 2011 and I did not leave the party. Again in 2017 when she was the leading aspirant, the party still denied her the primary ticket for Chairmanship of Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA and I did not leave the party. She also vied for same Eti-Osa Assembly II APC Primary ticket in 2018.
“Dr. Oluwo has been a major pillar of financial support for the party and its teeming members, sponsors schools programmes and extends scholarships to indigent students in her constituency. So my decision to leave the APC is independent of my wife’s aspiration.”
Oluwo added that the allegation against him working as a mole for PDP in APC is a bogus fabrication.
“I have never been a full-time “professional” politician. In the eight and a half years (2007-2015) that I was in AC/ACN/APC before my appointment as a Commissioner in 2015, I was in full time employment within which period I held executive management positions as Vice-President, Group Chief Marketing Officer, Deputy Managing Director, Executive Director and Managing Director in four major companies in Nigeria.
“Indeed, I must have been a very jobless fellow to do such dirty job of a mole for eleven and a half years (eight and a half years as ordinary party member and three years as a Commissioner),” he said.