OPDO central committee meeting in Nazret (Adama)

Can OPDO break apart TPLF shackle ?

OPDO - Lemma Megersa
Lemma Megersa – OPDO chairman

borkena, Ethiopian News
October 28,2017

Central Committee of Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO) is having its regular meeting in Adama (Nazret). Structural changes and the crisis like situation in the region are among the agenda.

Unconfirmed report by BBN indicate that the meeting passed a resolution regarding Oromo speaking university students who are assigned at Jijiga University. If the report is true, it is likely related to what transpired in the region following ethnic conflict between Somali and Oromo.

Once the central committee meeting is completed, OPDO organizational conference will kick off, after tomorrow.



Tension between the organization and Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) is apparent. Growing resentment towards Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) within OPDO is expected to push the organization along a path that would would never make things the same again for TPLF. And if that happen, it is likely to have repercussion event in the way power is exercised at the federal level.

Speaker of the Federal parliament, Abadula Gemeda, who was once chairman of OPDO and president of Oromo region submitted resignation letter from his speaker position.

OPDO is a creation of TPLF and lived political subservience essentially all its life for which it was despised by politicized Ethiopians from Oromo region. Recently, the organization started to be taken seriously after Lemma Megersa administration replaced Muktar kedir’s administration. The organization has plans to embark on “economic revolution” in the region; Lemma Megersa spoke passionately about it with strong ethno-nationalist sentiment in February of this year. Recently,however, Lemma seem to have a tone of reconciliation and an agenda for Ethiopia and many have taken him for his words.

But there is no question that Lemma has got a considerable support base in the region despite some reservations in view of his background in the regime’s intelligence unit.
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