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Osun Decides 2018: Omisore agrees to support Adeleke for Thursday’s rerun
THE candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Iyiola Omisore, may have agreed to support Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the supplementary election which will hold on Thursday, September 27.
The election was declared inconclusive on Sunday because the number of cancelled votes in some polling units were higher than the margin between Adeleke and Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Adeleke has 254,698 while Oyetola has 254,345 votes, a difference of only 353 votes.
However, Omisore, who placed third in the election with a little over 122,000 votes, is believed to have more supporters in the local government where the re-run elections will hold. And since it is no longer mathematically possible for Omisore to catch up with the two leading candidates, the PDP quickly swooped in to woo him to their side.
Omisore was a PDP member and served as a deputy governor, as well as a two-time senator on the party’s platform, hence the ease with which he reportedly agreed to support the party’s candidate rather than that of the APC.
The truce is believed to have been brokered by Senate President Bukola Saraki.
Also on Monday evening, a PDP chieftain and former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, shared a picture of Omisore and Adeleke sharing a side hug, saying that both men have agreed to work together.
“Iyiola Omisore will not let us down. He is my cousin and I have spoken to him. We are together,” Fani-Kayode tweeted, adding that “we are going to end the APC’s reign of tyranny in the rerun on Thursday. PDP’s Demola Adeleke shall prevail”.
Earlier, a chieftain of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) told the ICIR that his party will support the PDP candidate during the re-run election on Thursday.
Earlier, former Vice President Abubakar Atiku had urged Omisore to remember the past and support the PDP. “I call on Senator Omisore to remember the PDP, which believed in him and gave him its ticket in 2014. I urge him to join with all who want to deliver Osun from negative change and support,” Atiku posted on Twitter.