Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti
THERE was a light drama on Monday because the loyalists of former governor Ayodele Fayose within the Ekiti State chapter of the Individuals’s Democratic Get together (PDP) had been enmeshed in alleged secret oath-taking scandal.
In a viral video circulated on Fb, WhatsApp, Youtube and different social media platforms, the PDP ward executives in Ijero Council Space had been subjected to secret oath-taking.
The Nation gathered that the transfer was believed to have been taken to stop a few of the celebration executives from shifting allegiance and shifting to a different group.
The PDP within the state has for a while been polarised into two factions over management challenge.
The wards executives, within the video which lasted 5 minutes and two seconds, pledged allegiance to Fayose and laid curses on themselves ought to they by any means betray him.
Within the video, every member, after mentioning his or her identify, declared: “If I betray Osokomole Ayo Fayose, might the bottom swallow me.”
Among the many personalities concerned had been the previous PDP chairman, Chief Bola Olu-Ojo and others.
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A supply alleged that the leaders had been coerced into oath-taking with monetary inducement.
However Chief Olu-Ojo denied involving in any secret oath-taking, describing the allegation as “puerile and malicious.”
Dismissing the oath-taking allegations as mere conjectures and handiwork of some ‘renegades’ in Ekiti PDP, Olu-Ojo mentioned: “It was not oath-taking however affirmation of loyalty to our chief Fayose.
“There was nothing secret. It was an open assembly. It was not an oath-taking as a result of in the midst of actions there was no Bible, Quran, iron, blood and different objects to swear with.
“It was a person opinion. No person repeated something after me. Everyone said no matter she or he needed to say on his or her personal accord. There was no particular language whereas studying. Particular person phrases had been used.”
Reacting to the alleged oath-taking, Fayose, who spoke by means of his media aide, Mr. Lere Olayinka, denied the allegations, saying: “He by no means coerced anyone to take oath.
“Did you see Fayose in that video? Did you see any object like Bible, Quran or iron? If no, how does that quantity to oath- taking?
“When individuals collect to specific their allegiance to their chief, how does that quantity to oath- taking? I can let you know that the video was not leaked; it was launched by one of many individuals there. If they’ve accomplished one thing fallacious, would they’ve launched it?”