THE Ogun State Government has debunked the involvement of Governor Gbenga Daniel in the secret oath saga currently rocking the state, saying through the Commissioner for Information & Orientation, Kayode Samuel, that Governor Gbenga Daniel has never and will never administer secret oath on anybody and will not get involved in any sordid act that will bring the State into disrepute.
In a statement, the commissioner also punctured the reactions by the principal actor in the saga, Hon. Wale Alausa, a member of the Stateâ€™s House of Assembly whose picture, said to have been taken at a shrine in Ijebu Igbo while a blood oath was being administered on him, was published by a national daily (not Vanguard).
Samuel said: â€œWithin hours of the storyâ€™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.
â€œHowever in his own reaction as reported in PM News, Hon. Alausa was quoted to have maintained that the pictures were genuine. He, however, claimed that they were taken in 2007 inside Governor Danielâ€™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.
â€œOn the same day the story changed when he told The Punch that â€œthe oath was taken in a shrine in Ijebu Odeâ€. He said further that the oath was done shortly after the 2007 primaries.
â€œHowever on the same day when he spoke to The Tribune he said â€œthe photograph was taken in Danielâ€™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.
â€œThe 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.
â€œAt a news conference in Lagos he further claimed that all local Government Chairmen and other political functionaries also took the secret oath.â€
In stating the governmentâ€™s position, the commissioner said;Â Â Â Â â€œIt 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.
â€œIt 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.
â€œAgain the Chairman of ALGON, John Obafemi has on behalf of the other chairmen, disclaimed the lawmakerâ€™s allegation that all Local Government Council chairmen took any oath”.
â€œFrom 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 dis-honorable people who are supposed to be honorable members of the House.â€