Osun election re-run: PDP, APC woo Omisore, others
London, September 24, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Ahead of the Osun state governorship election re-run scheduled for next Thursday, a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore who is the governorship flag bearer of Social Democratic Party SDP in the just concluded election has become the kingmaker after being approached by emissaries from the two major parties, the PDP and the APC
Investigation by Alternativeafrica.com revealed that both APC and PDP have already made contacts with omisore’s camp for support to sway the votes on Thursday.
Our reliable source who is a chieftain of PDP in Osun told Alternativeafrica.com that the PDP has tasked Senate president Dr Bukola Saraki who is considered as “Mr fix it ” with the task of negotiating with Omisore “I can tell you authoritatively that contacts have been made with Omisore and not the party. Fani kayode is the link between the parties and they are confident that a deal can be done”
However, the source said Omosore might be very reluctant to enter into any negotiation with the PDP over injustice done to him during the primaries and would be willing to wait for what the APC is willing to offer before deciding on who to support.
Sources from APC also told our correspondent that contact had been made with the Omisore camp from office of the Vice president and not from Tinubu because the VP is considered more credible and a person respected by Omisore.
Another target for the two parties is the African Democratic Congress’ Fatai Akinbade. It was gathered that a former Governor of the state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, would be involved in a discussion with Akinbade who served as the secretary to the state government while Oyinlola was a military administrator in the state
Omisore is the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party in the election in which the candidate of the PDP, Senator Ademola Adeleke, came first with 254, 698 votes while the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, came second with 254,345 votes.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has, however, said there would be rerun in some polling units where elections were cancelled.
The units, which were listed by the commission, are two in Orolu Local Government Area, one in Ife South Local Government Area, one in Ife North Local Government Area and one in Osogbo Local Government Area.
INEC’s election guideline made pursuant to Section 153 of the Electoral Act stipulates a re-run if the margin of victory in an election is lower than cancelled votes such as in Osun where thousands of votes were cancelled in various local governments while the vote difference between the leading candidates was less than a thousand. In that case, rerun will be held in only affected areas where elections were cancelled.