PDP denies involvement in Ekiti festival crisis

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the two wards of Ire Ekiti, Oye Local Government area of Ekiti State has described as unfounded rumours in some quarters the crisis rocking the town was orchestrated by the party.

The party wondered how crisis arising from the Ogun festival can be dressed with political garment, stating “PDP as a party has no hand in it. It was absolutely a festival issue and not in any way a political matter.”

A statement by Tajudeen Jimoh and Ayelegun Rufus, chairmen of ward one and two respectively, said at no time did anyone, acting on behalf of the PDP, demanded money from Onire of Ire Ekiti, Oba Victor Bobade or accuse him of collecting money from Ekiti State Government to stop Ogun festival.

The statement reads:

“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 irreparable loss.”

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