Osun Rerun: Omisore makes final decision on candidate to support

As over 3,000 voters in Osun State gear up for Thursday governorship rerun in seven polling units, the candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore has directed his supporters to vote any candidate whose manifesto reflects that of his party.

TheEcho reports that Sen. Ademola Adeleke of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is leading the race after polling 254,698 votes to create a 353-votes margin over Gboyega Oyetola of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 22 election.

The margin which was less than 3,498 votes cancelled forced Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the election as inconclusive, a decision that has caused controversies in different quarters.

Since the declaration, however, top guns from the two leading parties have been reaching out to Omisore to support them in order to emerge victorious.

Omisore in a statement on Wednesday through his media aide, Jide Fakorede made it clear that he was not ready to “negotiate for personal gains and abandon my people.”

The statement reads, “After over 72 hours of pressure on him by both the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC), the Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has said that what is paramount to him is the practice of true democracy in Osun State,”

“Omisore firmly states that he will never renege on his promise of good governance, accountability and human dignity in Osun state.

“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 the 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 electorates 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 enjoyed their unalloyed support all these years.

“As highlighted in SDP manifestos, the five thematic pillars the SDP had hoped to implement to improve governance, eliminate financial reckless and reposition the economy of Osun state include: economic management and accountability; professionalism and performance; equity in access to service; local content and innovation and security.”

“It is the right and democratic freedom of people to choose of their own free will. Their votes should not be coerced by money, vote buying, intimidation in form of militarisation, and political and social power,” he added.

“Their voices of demand for good governance, accountability and human dignity should continue to be heard as well as salaries paid. All these are what I stand for and which the SDP had promised the people all through our electioneering campaigns. They are still paramount to me as we collectively chart the way forward for the governorship elections rerun in Osun state.”

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