Nigeria: SDP, APC in testy alliance over Osun rerun polls
London, September 27, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Today’s supplementary governorship election in Osun State promises to be a testy fight as the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore, wednesday finally pitched his tent with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, against the leading contender, Senator Ademola Adeleke of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Omisore who made the announcement Wednesday evening at his Ile Ife residence said the pact was to form a coalition government in the interest of Osun people. He told journalists that he decided to back the APC after the party accepted the conditions he gave earlier for his support
Omisore’s decision came after receiving delegation from President Muhammadu Buhari led by Ekiti State Governor-Elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and some South West governors on the platform of the party.
He also played host to Senate President, Dr. Olusola Saraki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) behind closed door.
Though details of what transpired at the meetings were not made public, sources said APC had more “juicy deals to offer Omisore and SDP leaders in Osun than the PDP.
”But his support is crucial for any of the APC or PDP to win the supplementary election.
It was gathered that the APC chieftains promised the former deputy governor Senate presidency and other ‘juicy’ offers in the next dispensation should he support the party to win today’s supplementary election.
Other conditions according to some media reports include payment of accumulated salaries to workers and pensioners in the state civil service, while workers must be trained and motivated.
He explained that SDP was left with no option than to pitch its tent with the APC after the PDP failed to respond to his party’s terms and condition for a coalition government.
Similarly, the conference of all registered political parties in the state has also declared support for the APC candidate, Oyetola.
The development came as the family of the PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke denied a rumour that it rejected working with Omisore.
The family described the rumour as “a concocted lie by rejected APC and their satellite politicians”.
A statement by the Director of Media and Publicity, Ademola Adeleke Campaign Organisation, Rasheed Adewale, said: “ Adeleke has openly expressed his willingness for cooperation and partnership with all progressive political forces to consolidate on the victory of last Saturday.
“He spoke with many political leaders and candidates in the last poll.
It was, therefore, false to allege opposition to the involvement of Omisore in the push for victory.”
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said 2,637 voters that collected their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVCs) will participate in today’s rerun election.
The Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Mr. Segun Agbaje, told journalists on the premises of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Osogbo, where the materials were collected and dispatched that the electoral body and security agencies were tracking the materials to ensure they arrive at their destinations safely.
A document released by INEC stated that in Oyere 11, Alapata village in Ife North Local Council, out of 353 that registered, 241 had collected their PVCs.
In Adereti village, Ife South, 812 registered while 585 had collected their PVCs.
In Alutu Erin Primary School, Albert Village, 502 registered but 311 collected their PVCs.
For Kajola village in Orolu Local Council, 393 registered but 303 had collected their PVCs.
In Idi Iya village also in Orolu, 387 registered but 353 collected PVCs.
In Gbogbo Primary School, also in Orolu, 167 registered, 150 had PVCs. In Adewole Steet, Ataoja E, in Osogbo, 884 registered while 694 collected their PVCs.
INEC disclosed that the 861 PVCs not collected in the seven polling units were in its strong room.
As the rerun election holds today in seven units in four local governments, the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere has appealed to the stakeholders, particularly the people, to be steadfast and approach the exercise in a peaceful manner.
The main election held on September 22, 2018 in which the PDP secured the highest votes, was declared inconclusive by the INEC, which scheduled a rerun for today.
Adeleke, candidate of the PDP, polled 254,699, while his closest challenger, Isiaka Oyetola of the ruling All progressives Congress (APC) had 254,345 votes.
The election’s returning officer, Prof. Joseph Fuwape, who is also the vice chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, declined to make a return on the grounds that the margin of win was less than the 3,498 registered voters in the polling units where election was cancelled by the commission.
Consequently, the INEC scheduled a rerun for today in the seven units in Ife-North, Ife-South, Orolu and Osogbo local government areas where the poll was cancelled.
In a statement yesterday, Afenifere urged Osun people to go to the poll to conclude the governorship election in a peaceful and orderly manner.
The group described the supplementary election as crucial to the future of Osun, Yorubaland and Nigeria, thus the interest the international community has taken in it.
“We appeal to voters in the units to make informed choices without any inducement, fear or favour