Osun Election: APC Receives Boost As Omisore Moves Against PDP

The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) might win the governorship re-run election in Osun State on Thursday.

The APC might emerge victorious having successfully secured the endorsement of Senator Iyiola Omisore, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), in the election.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had defeated the ruling party with 353 votes in the Saturday Poll. However, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the election inconclusive citing that cancelled votes was greater than the winning margin.

INEC therefore ordered for a supplementary election in seven polling units located in four local governments – Osogbo, Orolu, Ife North and Ife South. Mr Omisore is believed to yield influence in the last two LGAs given his position as a prince in these areas as he came third in the gubernatorial poll. Formerly of the PDP, he left the party to contest under the SDP when he failed to secured the ticket of the PDP.

There are about 3, 498 registered voters in the polling units where the elections were cancelled although the battle is between the APC candidate, Gboyega Oyetola and the candidate of PDP, Ademola Adeleke, other contestants are also going to participate.

When the SDP candidate met with the delegation of the PDP who had sought his support to win votes in the area since his chances of making it in the election was slim, Omisore told the opposition party that he was going to support any of them who will be willing to implement his election manifesto.

“I have given my programmes to both APC and PDP. My programme is like this; payment of salaries and pensions. Good governance is what is important to me,” Mr Omisore told journalists after the meeting with the delegation led by Senate President Bukola Saraki on Monday.

“Anyone between the two that will do that will get my support. I am passionate about Osun and my interest is the welfare of the people of this state. I have told those sent to me. At the appropriate time, we will tell you where we are going,” he added.

Mr Saraki also spoke to reporters after the meeting, saying the PDP has agreed in principle with Mr Omisore’s conditions to get his support for the rerun election.

While the outgoing administration in the state headed by Rauf Aregbesola, has reportedly owed workers for over 2 years, Omisore in a tweet on Tuesday night suggests he has stroke a deal with the APC’s delegation led by governor-elect of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi.

With @OfficialAPCNg Ekiti state governor elect @kfayemi during his visit today. #goodgovernanceinosunstate #OsunDecides2018,” he tweeted.

The camp of the PDP seems to have gotten the message.

“Omisore I’m told caved in to pressure from APC,” a tweet from Doyin Okupe, the spokesman of Saraki Presidential Campaign Council, partly read.