A former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, yesterday said no one could intimidate him out of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said he has not defected to any party and only the Supreme Court can determine his fate.
Oyinlola, who made his position known in a statement in Abuja which he personally signed, said he would pursue the legal battle to regain his seat to a logical conclusion.
He asked his adversaries to stop campaign of calumny against him.
The ex-governor’s reaction came against the backdrop of allegations by some PDP stalwarts that he is already romancing with some parties following political frustration.
Oyinlola however described such allegations as false and a ploy by his political adversaries to push him out of the party.
The statement said: He said: “I want to use this medium to warn blackmailers and all those who believe Oyinlola can be intimidated and forced to exit the PDP to have a rethink.
“I am too seasoned to succumb to such cheap blackmail. I will like to remind them that as a battle-tested General, no one can intimidate me or force me to abandon my right under the law
“. Until the Supreme Court says otherwise, I remain the National Secretary of the PDP. I assure my adversaries that I will pursue this legal battle, which they themselves initiated, to a logical conclusion.
“If, for any reason, I need to take drastic political decisions, my adversaries know me too well, I will do it openly and with spectacular public display.
“I ask my adversaries to stop these silly talks and be man enough to wait for the final verdict of the Supreme Court.”
He said the campaign that he had silently joined another party was false and cheap.
The Court of Appeal had in 2013 ordered the reinstatement of Oyinlola as the bonafide National Secretary of PDP.
But the PDP is yet to comply with the order of the court.
On November 11, 2013, Oyinlola wrote a letter to the National Legal Adviser of the party, Victor Kwom to prevail on the party to comply with the judgment of the Court of Appeal.
The letter said: “As you are very well aware, the Court of Appeal by its judgment delivered on Wednesday November 6, 2013 reinstated me as the National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“This followed the nullification of the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja presided over by Justice Abdul Kafarati by the Court of Appeal, Abuja which is a superior court of competent jurisdiction which also ruled that I was wrongly removed from office as PDP National Secretary.
“You are requested to kindly note this development for immediate compliance by the PDP and all its organs, particularly the National Chairman and members of the National Working Committee of our great party.
“Kindly note that in compliance with the constitution of the PDP, I am expected to sign all official correspondences emanating from the PDP National Secretariat as the Chief Administrative and Accounting Officer of the PDP.
“Please take this as an instruction to do all the needful for compliance with the Appeal Court Order which is attached herewith.”