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Osun Gov Rerun: Finally Omisore Backs APC

By Ajibola Abayomi,

September 26, 2018.


Finally, the  Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the , Senator Iyiola Omisore, has declared support for the  All Progressives Party (APC) ahead of the rerun poll tomorrow, Thursday, September 27, 2018.

He made the comment following over 72 hours of pressure on him from by both the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the APC to get his support ahead of the governorship rerun poll schedule for Thursday in Orolu, Ife North and South local governments.

The politician who came a distant third in the poll is key to the rerun because of his strong influence on Ife axis of the state.

Omisore said he would never renege on his promise of good governance, accountability and human dignity in the state.

MeHowever, he has chosen to support the the candidature of IsiakabOyetola of the APC in the election as he gets set to form an alliance.

According to a report by Channels Television, he said his decision comes after the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, led a delegation comprised of governors and top chieftains of the party, to visit him.
He said this while addressing journalists at his residence in Ile Ife on Wednesday. He said, “We have accepted to support the APC for victory in the rerun election tomorrow and thereafter form a coalition government.”
Omisore told journalists in Ile Ife that the decision to work with the APC was based on the condition he gave earlier for his support.
The SDP candidate had said he would only support any party (between PDP and APC) that is ready to uphold SDP’s core values. He said informed both the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of his conditions.
The conditions include a pledge to ensure motivation of workers in the state, payment of salary arrears in the first three months in office, equity in infrastructure provision across the state, the adoption of a local content policy for all projects in the state.
He also wants traditional rulers to be made more relevant. According to the SDP candidate, only the APC has accepted his conditions and that is why the SDP is going to form an alliance with the APC.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Omisore said, “Osun state has always been a stellar example of democracy where the people have consistently and freely expressed their franchise to determine who governs them.

“This should remain so. Osun people have shown that it is not business as usual. It is a positive deviation from what was hitherto the norm. I am telling my people that they should go with any political party that believes in what we in the SDP stand for; good governance, social justice, and accountability.

“I have already detailed how we planned to restore Osun to the path of good governance through the five thematic pillars in my manifesto I shared during the electioneering. I will not negotiate for personal gains and abandon my people.

“My alliance is with the people of Osun state irrespective of the political party they belong. I want my people to be treated with the dignity they deserve. I desire that they have a government that will be accountable to them. I want them to experience the good governance the founding fathers of this state envisaged.

“I have told the parties that have solicited for my support to approach the electorate and ask for their mandate as I have assured them that I will not coerce them for political or social power. It is because I have kept my promise that has made me enjoy their unalloyed support all these years.

“The fulcrum of my campaign was and is still the restoration of good governance and accountability to our dear state. I have consistently preached against voters coercion, I have voiced my stand against votes buying, voters intimidation, and politicisation.”

Omisore assured his followers and admirers that he will not abandon his campaign promises even as he engaged all stakeholders on the way forward to ensure the progress of Osun state.

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