The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the two wards of Ire Ekiti, Oye
Local Government area of Ekiti State has described as unfounded,
rumour being peddled in some quarters that the crisis rocking the town
was orchestrated by the party.
The party wondered how crisis arising from the Ogun Festival can now
be dressed with political garment, adding that “PDP as a party has
no hand in it. It was absolutely a festival issue and not in any way a
According to a statement on Thursday, signed by Tajudeen Jimoh
Chairman and Ayelegun Rufus, Chairmen of Ward one and two
respectively, the party said at no time did anyone acting on behalf
of the PDP demanded money from the Onire of Ire Ekiti, Oba Victor
Bobade nor accused him of collecting money from Ekiti State Government
to stop Ogun festival.
The statement read; “In view of the rumors going around that the
crisis rocking lre Ekiti is politically motivated by the opposition
party, we the PDP leaders in lre Ekiti wish to state as follows:
“That the crisis rocking lre community is not politically motivated,
PDP as a party has no hand in it. It was absolutely a festival issue
and not in any way a political matter.
“That members of the PDP in lre have never at any point in time
demanded money from Kabiyesi nor accused him of collecting money from
Ekiti State Government to stop Ogun festival nor ever accused him of
being partisan. We are knowledgeable and we are eminently aware of
COVID 19 guidelines.
“That lre Ekiti PDP members are peace loving people and we will not be
involved in any acts that will jeopardize the peaceful coexistence of
our people in the community.
“We are appealing passionately to the good people of lre Ekiti to
remain calm, peaceful and law abiding.
“Knowing fully well that what befalls one befalls all, we sympathize
with Kabiyesi and those who lost their loved ones in the crisis, as we
pray that God Almighty will give them the fortitude to bear the