After losing the APC senatorial ticket, Shina Peller visits NNPP leader
Shina Peller, the lawmaker representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, visited Alhaji Adebisi Olopoeyan, the prominent leader of the New Nigeria People’s Party in Oyo State, on Wednesday. Peller had criticized the APC’s conduct of the Oyo North Senatorial District primary election.
Fatai Buhari, the incumbent senator, was re-elected for the third time, although four challengers, including Peller, accused him of manipulation.
The enraged lawmaker’s visit to Olopoeyan, who just defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, has fueled rumors of a defection.
However, following the visit, Peller told some of his fans that his visit to Olopoeyan’s home was not politically driven.
He stated it was a private visit, that Olopoeyan and his late father, Professor Peller, had an excellent connection, and that he and his father’s ally got along well.
Peller said, “I came to visit a political guru, a brother who was a close ally of my dad when he was alive.
“Alhaji Olopoeyan is a well-respected politician, but my coming here today is to pay homage to my dad’s friend, who has also played a brotherly role for me since.”
Asked if he would still contest the Oyo North Senatorial District election since Senator Fatai Buhari had won his party ticket, he said,” I will surely contest the Oyo North Senatorial District election in 2023.”
Olopoeyan further said that the legislator’s visit to him had nothing to do with politics.
He informed our telephone journalist that Peller visited him, but they did not discuss politics or defection.
He said, ” Shina Peller visited me, it’s true, but the visit has nothing to do with APC, PDP, or NNPP. I was close to Professor Peller when he was alive, and I have been close to Shina also.
“He just came to visit me. Bayo Adelabu visited me some months back. The APC chairman, Isaac Omodewu, also came to my house then. I have also visited some of them. So, the visit is not political.”