A video has circulated on Fb, WhatsApp, Youtube and different social media platforms, exhibiting Peoples Democratic Celebration ward executives in Ijero Council Space of Ekiti taking oath.
The revelation prompted gentle drama on Monday as loyalists of former Governor Ayo Fayose within the Ekiti chapter of the Individuals’s Democractic Celebration(PDP) had been stated to be enmeshed in alleged secret oath-taking scandal.
The Nation gathered the transfer was to forestall a number of the celebration executives from shifting allegiance to Senator Biodun Olujimi’s repositioning group.
Ekiti PDP has been polarised into two factions over management tussle between Fayose and Olujimi.
The wards executives, within the video, which lasts 5 minutes and two seconds, pledged unflinching allegiance to Fayose and laid curses on themselves ought to they by any means betray him.
Within the video, every celebration government, after mentioning their names, declared that: “If I betray Osokole Ayo Fayose, might the bottom swallow me.”
Among the notable personalities within the clandestine oath-taking ceremony had been former PDP chairman within the state, Chief Bola Olu-Ojo; former Home Meeting member Hon Dayo Akinleye Maxima and Mr Mike Adeosun.
Others had been: Mr Segun Ademile, Mr Aniyikaye Michael Ayo, Mr Olayiwola Oderinde, Princess Oriade Adefunke, Mr Ayo Komolafe, Mr Michael Ojo and Mrs. Yemisi Fajuyi.
Additionally seen within the video had been Mr Taye Olusile, Osalusi Niyi (Youth Chief), Oni Dada, Wale Owoeye, Dele Mackurly, Mr Abiodun Olu, Kehinde Agbede, Olu Asiwaju, Adeola Adebayo, Kayode Olaleye and others.
A celebration supply confided in The Nation the celebration leaders had been coerced into the oath-taking with monetary inducement.
Reacting to the video, former Ekiti PDP chairman, Chief Olu-Ojo, denied indulging in any secret oath, describing the allegation as “puerile and malicious”.
Dismissing the oath-taking allegation as mere conjectures and handiwork of some ‘renegades’ in Ekiti PDP, Olu-ojo stated: “It was not oath-taking however affirmation of loyalty to our chief Fayose”.
“There was nothing secret. It was 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. All people acknowledged no matter they needed to say on his or her personal accord. There was no particular language whereas studying. It was particular person phrases that had been used. And we had been making their pledges within the method which is an affirmation.”
Reacting to the alleged oath-taking, Fayose, who spoke by means of his media aide, Mr Lere Olayinka, additionally denied allegation 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, iron, if no, how does that quantity to oath – taking.
“When folks gathered 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 folks there. If they’ve finished one thing improper, would they’ve launched it?
” Now we have seen image of Chris Ngige in Okija shrine, did you see these folks within the shrine performing rituals? There are extra essential points within the nation than what occurred at Ijero Native Authorities.”
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