Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Ogun Blood Oath
Mr. Nigeria Details of OGUN BLOOD OATH Who Say WHAT OGD Releases THE PLOT AGAINST OGUN STATE: FINALLY THE TRUTH IS BEGINNING TO EMERGE Not a few people have become confounded about the seemingly intractable political crisis in Ogun State especially since the emergence of Hon Tunji Egbetokun as the Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly. Hon Egbetokun is the leader of the G15 of lawmakers of which Hon. Wale Alausa is a key member. The chicken came home to roost a few days ago when a national daily, the National Compass published the picture of Hon. Alausa indicating that it was taken at a shrine in Ijebu Igbo while a blood oath was being administered on the member of the House of Assembly. As the State and the nation awaited a denial or confirmation of the publication, what has emerged from Hon. Alausa are series of lies, outright falsehood and brazen inconsistencies. The litany of inconsistencies 1. Within hours of the story’s publication the first reaction of Alausa was done through proxies who maintained in posting on the Internet that the picture was fake and the face of the Hon. Alausa was superimposed on a naked body. 2. However in his own reaction as reported in PM News (the paper that has become the mouthpiece of the G15) of Monday 29 June 2009, Hon. Alausa was quoted by the paper to have maintained that the pictures were genuine. He however claimed that they were taken in 2007 inside Governor Daniel’s Sagamu home and its environs when he was forced to take an oath before he could get the PDP ticket to the State House of Assembly 3. On the same day the story changed when he spoke to the Punch which was reported on Tuesday June 30, 2009. Hon. Alausa told Punch that “the oath was taken in a shrine in Ijebu Ode”. He said further that the oath was done shortly after the 2007 primaries. 4. However on the same day when he spoke to the Tribune he said “the photograph was taken in Daniel’s toilet and bathroom on the Day Titi Oseni was impeached. And since the impeachment was done on May 15, 2008, it means that Hon. Alausa is claiming a new date for the macabre blood oath taking. 5 . The embattled lawmaker added a new dimension in the slant he gave to the Sun where he attempted to implicate the revered Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland , Oba Sikiru Adetona and other traditional rulers claiming they were all involved in the oath taking process. 5. At a news conference on Tuesday June 30, 2009, at a location in Lagos he further claimed that all local Government Chairmen and other political functionaries also took the secret oath. OUR POSITION 1. It is common knowledge that at the time Mrs. Titi Oseni was removed the Governor was out of the country and the time he saw the Awujale of Ijebuland was on the 16th of May at a reception for a former President of the country in Sagamu. It is also noteworthy that the Awujale of Ijebuland and the biological father of Hon Alausa, Chief Agboola Alausa have publicly denounced the claim of the lawmaker describing him as a pathological liar. 2. It has also been established by a scrutiny of the records of the House that Hon. Alausa was indeed present at the sitting of May 15 2008 and actually took part in the impeachment proceedings, contrary to his claim that he was not in the House on that day. The question for discerning minds is why have they now vowed to destroy the man who ostensibly administered the oath on them. Interestingly the G15 members had said at various fora and television interviews that they never took any secret oath. Again the Chairman of ALGON John Obafemi has on behalf of the other chairmen disclaimed the lawmaker’s allegation that all Local Government Council chairmen took any oath. From the foregoing, it is clear that given the level of outright falsehood and inconsistencies of Hon. Alausa and his co-travelers, the people of Ogun State and Nigerians at large can now decipher the truth and appreciate what our State has gone through in the last 12 months - lies of the vilest kind told by dishonourable people who are supposed to be honourable members of the House. For the avoidance of doubt Governor Gbenga Daniel has never and will never administer secret oath on anybody and will not get involved in any sordid acts that will bring our State into disrepute Wale Alusa Speaks AM NOT THE ONLY ONE Wale Alausa, a member of the Ogun State House of Assembly whose nude photographs while taking an oath were published in the papers has revealed that Governor Gbenga Daniel all the commissioners, local government chairmen and other political appointees in the state took traditional oath of allegiance to Daniel before they were appointed into his administration. Reacting to his nude photographs published by the Compass Newspapers owned by Gov. Daniel, Alausa described Daniel as a sodomist and a ritualist who has a shrine in his residence where those seeking appointment in his administration are made to perform ritual rites before they are appointed. The embittered lawmaker disclosed that Daniel introduced oath taking to politics in Ogun State, admitting that he was one of those forced to take the oath in a toilet in his Ijebu-Ode mansion in order to fly the PDP flag for the House of Assembly election. “The issue of oath taking is a traditional way of pledging allegiance between two people. The Otunba Gbenga Daniel-led administration introduced traditional oath taking to politics in Ogun State. “They have an existing structure for all of these. They have their own shrine. Before you get any political appointment, or contest any election, you must have sworn to an oath organised by Otunba Gbenga Daniel. “It happened in several locations, it happened in Ijebu-Ode, Sagamu, behind his house, it happened in Ososa. “As I am talking to you now, the current wave of oath taking is the one they are doing in Ijebu-Ode. The one they are doing now, they will give you Mazda 626 or Toyota Camry 2002 Model, they will write OGD Omo ilu on top of it, it’s there all over the place in Ogun state. “Most party chairmen at the ward level as we are speaking now have taken that oath and have collected these cars. It’s a pity that this is the way he wants to use it against us.” Alasua described Daniel further as a blackmailer who superimposed his photograph on a bush in order to realise his devilish agenda, adding that there can never be peace in Ogun State, until Daniel is checked. But reacting to the lawmaker’s allegations, the Ogun State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Samuel, described Alausa’s vituperations as a series of lies, outright falsehood and brazen inconsistencies. “It is clear that given the level of outright falsehood and inconsistencies of Hon. Alausa and his co-travellers, the people of Ogun State and Nigerians at large can now decipher the truth and appreciate what our state has gone through in the last 12 months – lies of the vilest kind told by dishonourable people who are supposed to be honourable members of the House.” How The DEAL was Seal... Oba involves OGUN OATH MESS: Prominent Oba Stuck dealAyodele Samuel, Lagos The G 15 lawmakers in the Ogun State House of Assembly has said a prominent traditional ruler in the state the oath taking for PDP members seeking political post in Daniel’s administration during the 2007 general election. The monarch was said to have personally met with the would-be appointees and instructed them to take an oath of loyalty to Daniel. Addressing journalists in Lagos late last night , the Group of 15 lawmakers, led by the Speaker , Honourable Tunji Egbetokun, described Daniel as a ritualist and a sodomist who will stop at nothing to destroy his perceived political enemies. He challenged him to publish other nude photographs of the lawmakers he promised to publish. Commenting on the photographs of the lawmaker published yesterday in the Nigerian Compass newspaper published by Governor Daniel, Egbetokun described it as wickedness and an attempt to blackmail the lawmakers to do his bidding. He said he once took an oath with Daniel and told him so in the palace of a prominent Oba in Ijebuland. According to him, Daniel denied it but that he reminded him of the event. He said he was not naked while taking the oath. He warned Daniel not to publish any fake photograph of him or manipulate the computers to show him taking oath, stressing that he would resist it. In his own disclosure, the man at the centre of the oath taking scandal, Wale Alausa said: “One thing I thank God for in all of these is the confidence of my colleagues which I betrayed has been restored by God himself because I do not want to be labelled an Omo Ale (bastard). Because, how can one explain Otunba Gbenga Daniel’s release of a photograph he took deceitfully? I know he has been angry because he expected I’ll return to the G-15 and begin passing details of our meeting to him. But I refused. The oath I took was to the effect that I will not be among those who will impeach him from office. It did not include spying on my colleagues. Part of the argument was that as an Ijebu, I should not allow the Egba to disgrace our son, Otunba Daniel. I agreed after that pressure from my dad, but it was a reluctant decision which I made as a dutiful Yoruba son to a father who has been everything to me.” The controversial oath-taking was attested to by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr. Remi Hazzan, who confirmed that Daniel asked him to see the prominent traditional ruler three times but he refused, adding that they would have used that to capture him. “They knew that some of us are children of God. I was not invited for such an oath, though the governor asked if I had seen the prominent Oba three times. He asked me three times if I had seen the Oba but he never said why the Oba was looking for me. I guess that was what they wanted me to take to capture me, but God scuttled the move,” the legislator representing Ijebu-Ode Constituency stated. Gov. Daniel’s newspaper, Nigerian Compass,had published naked pictures of one of the lawmakers, Mr. Wale Alausa, on its front page taking an oath at a shrine in Ijebu-Igbo, to be loyal to the group of 15 lawmakers who are opposed to Daniel’s style of administering the state. But responding to the allegations yesterday, Alausa admitted that the photographs published was his own but disagreed with the report in the newspaper. He said he was forced to take the oath of allegiance by Governor Daniel in 2007 and that he took the oath in a toilet in one of Daniel’s mansions in Ijebu-Ode. Alausa revealed that he was harassed, intimidated and forced to take the oath. “They put pressure on me through my father,” he added. A reliable source at the Ogun State’s Information Ministry at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, also said that Governor Daniel will also address the press tomorrow, 1 July, to state categorically his position on the matter.