Senator Iyiola Omisore, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the last Saturday Osun State Governorship Election, is apparently going to support the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, in the re-run election schedule to hold on Thursday.
Adeleke who got 254,698 votes came first ahead of the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyega Oyetola, who got 254,345 votes. The election was however declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) because the difference between the votes scored by Adeleke and Oyetola was lower than the number of votes cancelled.
Consequently, INEC declared that a rerun election in the polling units where elections were cancelled will be held. Most of the polling units for the rerun fall within the stronghold of Senator Omisore, particularly in a town where Oba David Omisore, the father of Omisore, is traditional ruler.
Senator Omisore who received Senate President Bukola Saraki on Monday at his residence noted that he has given his programme to both the APC and PDP, adding that payment of salaries, pensions and good governance for his people is important to him.
“I have given my programmes to both the APC and the PDP. My programme is like this; payment of salaries and pensions. Good governance is what is important to me.
“Anyone between the two that will do that will get my support. I am passionate about Osun State 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.”
Also, Fatai Akinbade, the candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), who got 7,681 votes has since declared his support for PDP’s Adeleke in the forthcoming re-run.
Akinbade was a member of the PDP before defecting to the ADC. The 7,681 he got would have clearly given the PDP victory in the election.
“The election has come and gone but unfortunately, there is no winner yet; so, all of us that took part in the election are still in it even though the contest is narrowed down to two candidates. On Thursday, one of them must emerge through rerun.
“I have no regret not being one of the two or taking part in the election. The electorate must be respected; I cannot impose myself on them. I was in the PDP but due to differences, I left to contest in the ADC. Omisore also left to contest in the Social Democratic Party. As it is, the PDP was lucky to remain in the race. It is a lot of achievement despite all odds,” Akinbade said.
Saraki who spoke to journalists after his meeting with Omisore in Ile-Ife said that the SDP candidate had already agreed to support the PDP in Thursday’s rerun.
“We had a fruitful discussion with Senator Omisore. He used to be with us. And we believe he is helping us now. I am optimistic of a good outing for the PDP. After meeting with him, I am more optimistic now that with his support, the PDP will win. We are confident of a good outing. I am more confident now,” Saraki said.
“I was hard on INEC because it declared the Osun poll inconclusive after doing a good job. The issue of vote-buying was on the front burner but that was reduced to the minimum as against what we witnessed during the Ekiti poll. At the end of the day, the poll was again declared inconclusive. That sort of took away all the commendations that should have gone the way of INEC,” the senate president added.