PDP group blasts ex-minister, Ogunlewe for defending Wike

A Yoruba group, League of Yoruba Professionals in the Peoples Democratic Party, has condemned former Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, for openly supporting Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, over his recent statement on the Yoruba people.

The group, in a statement on Monday by its Chairman, Dr. Adegoke Adaranijo, ordered Ogunlewe to apologize to Yoruba people for defending Wike. ‎

Former Minister of works, Senator Ogunlewe had described Yorubas as arrogant people who lacked respect for leaders, adding that Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, owed no one apology for South west leaders loss in PDP chairmanship.

Aderanjo urged Sen. Ogonlewe to retract the statement and apologise to Yorubas noting that it was expected that the former minister should have asked Gov. Wike to apologize rather than defend him.

“I read with dismay comments credited to Ogunlewe where he defended Wike’s statement.

“Even when many leaders in the Yoruba nation, who are within the PDP fold, had denounced Wike’s utterances as crude and uncouth, Ogunlewe, in his characteristic manner, has aligned himself with the traducer of his own people.

“Is Ogunlewe happy that our people are being lampooned and dishonoured in the market square?

“A former governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, even rose above partisan politics to fault Wike’s pronouncements. That is the way it should be.

“Ogunlewe should retract his statements and apologise to the Yoruba people,”‎ he said.