By Rasaq Ibrahim Ado-Ekiti
There was gentle drama on Monday as loyalists of former Governor Ayo Fayose within the Ekiti chapter of the Individuals’s Democractic Occasion(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’s ward executives in Ijero Council Space of Ekiti had been subjected to what seemed to be oath-taking.
The Nation gathered the transfer was to forestall among the social gathering 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 social gathering government, after mentioning their names, declared that: “If I betray Osokole Ayo Fayose, might the bottom swallow me.”
A few of 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.
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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 social gathering 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 mentioned: “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 middle of actions there was no Bible, Quran, iron, blood and different objects to swear with.
“It was a person opinion. No one repeated something after me. Everyone said no matter they wished 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 way 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 individuals 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 individuals there. If they’ve performed one thing fallacious, would they’ve launched it?
” Now we have seen image of Chris Ngige in Okija shrine, did you see these individuals within the shrine performing rituals? There are extra vital points within the nation than what occurred at Ijero Native Authorities.”