Osun Election: Why I Formed A Coalition With APC – Omisore

 

The candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the just concluded Osun governorship election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has explained the reasons behind his support for the All Progressive Congress (APC) during the supplementary election.

At a town hall meeting with party members in Osogbo the state capital, on Thursday, Omisore said he gave his support to the APC to have a coalition government which will birth development in the state.

He said, “We pride ourselves with good governance in this state which prime among them is the love for civil servants, the payment of salaries when it is due, pensioners’ payment, educational system to be rejigged, agriculture, commerce, infrastructural access, distribution of amenities to all, employment opportunities for the youths.

“We went into negotiation with a very clear mind that Osun must be first and it must be salvaged from destruction, from the way it is going. We must come to the reality of time and thank God our coalition government has given us the future for this state which we all shall share in the years to come”.

Omisore added that there is no iota of truth in the rumours that he had collected money from the ruling party.

According to him, he only gave his support because the party accepted to work with the blueprint of the SDP.

He said, “The National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, addressed a press conference a few days ago and he said clearly that our discussion was devoid of any financial discussion. It was about nothing but good governance in Osun State and our resolve to work together in all spheres of the economy.”

Osun Election: Saraki Meets Omisore, Says He Is More Confident Of PDP’s Victory

 

Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki on Monday visited Ile-Ife in Osun State to meet with the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Senator Iyiola Omisore, ahead of Thursday’s supplementary poll.

Saraki told journalists that the meeting which lasted for hours was successful.

He also stated that he was now more optimistic of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) victory at the rerun.

“It was a very good meeting. We have reached some understanding in principle and we hope to be back by tomorrow for some even better news. But it was good, very promising.

“It is promising for the people of Osun. That dream and that promise of a better tomorrow, I think we are cementing it here.

“I’m confident that I’ll win, I’m more confident now as I’m leaving here,” he said.

Speaking about electoral malpractices in the state during the election held on September 22, he commended INEC, saying that there was a significant reduction in such.

He, however, lamented that the declaration of the result as inconclusive, marred the entire process.

“I must commend them (INEC). There was definitely a significant reduction in that – maybe it was based on some of the policies they put in place but unfortunately all those good things they did were now spoilt with the last issue of the ‘inconclusive’ thing.

“I think they should have stayed courageous and bold and done the right thing. I also think that to some extent, some of the security agents showed some professionalism here compared to the last election. So, there are some gains there but the last action marred all those positive actions that they must have made,” he said.

Senator Omisore on his part, told journalists that both the APC and the PDP are currently engaging in talks with him to see the possibility of working together.

He, however, said, the SDP will only work with a political party that is ready to adopt the manifesto of his party to ensure good governance for the people of Osun State.

‘We Have Won A Greater Victory’, Omisore Thanks Supporters

Candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Iyiola Omisore

 

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate in the Osun State governorship election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has thanked all members of the party for their support.

According to him, although the party might appear to have lost the election, he believes it has won a ‘greater victory’.

In a statement issued on Sunday, he described the SDP’s campaign as factual, informed and inclusive, adding that he was delighted that its message of good governance and dignity had reached every corner of the state.

“The past four months have been very exciting. I am delighted that our message of good governance and dignity has reached every corner of the state.

“Over the past four months, I have worked with committed people who have given time and resources to our shared agenda for restoration. I am confident that while we might appear to have lost an election, we have won the greater victory; the clarion call by all our people for good governance and accountability.

“We have positively impacted on electoral campaigns and elections in Osun state promoting inclusion, people-centeredness and shied completely away from vote buying, voter intimidation and thuggery,” Omisore said.

Speaking further, he explained that his campaign had engaged citizens in such a way that the demand for public accountability will continue to drive governance going forward, irrespective of which party leads the state.

Read Also: INEC Declares Osun Governorship Election Inconclusive

A total of 48 candidates contested in the governorship election on Saturday, which was considered a crucial test for INEC as it is the last major poll before the 2019 general elections.

With the exception of Omisore, who secured 128,049 votes, no other candidate came close to the top two – Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party and Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress.

Adeleke led the race with 254,698 votes, 353 votes more than Oyetola.

The margin was, however, less than the 3,498 votes in the polling units where voting was cancelled.

Consequently, the Returning Officer for the election, Professor Joseph Afuape, declared the poll inconclusive.

#OsunDecides: SDP’s Omisore Votes

Social Democratic Party’s candidate in Osun State Governorship election, Senator Iyiola Omisore

 

 The candidate of the Social Democratic Party in the Osun State governorship election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has cast his vote.

Omisore exercised his franchise shortly after the Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) did same.

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Social Democratic Party’s governorship candidate in Osun State Governorship election, Senator Iyiola Omisore

 

Is Zoning ‘Myopic’? Read What Osun Governorship Candidates Think

During the Osun Governorship Debate Organised by Channels Television on Sunday, zoning was one of the issues discussed with candidates from the West Senatorial District insisting it should be the turn of the zone to govern the state, and others disagreeing.

The debate featured the candidates of the of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Fatai Akinbade; Action Democratic Party (ADP), Moshood Adeoti; All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyega Oyetola; and Social Democratic Party (SDP), Iyiola Omisore.

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke, was invited for the debate but he failed to show up.

Read the responses of the candidates when asked about zoning in the state.

ADC’s Akinbade

I think it all borders on equity. When this state was created, I think everybody was very hopeful that everything will be equitably distributed. But for the Central (Senatorial District) to have already spent 20 years and the East – already eight years is running out. Everybody believes that it should come to our Senatorial District (West). It is not that we do not have the materials; we have very qualified people and we believe we deserve to have a shot.

ADP’s Adeoti

It is an open secret that since 1999, when this republic came into being, West Senatorial District has been deprived of governing this state. In 1999, Chief Bisi Akande was there; he governed the state for four years. We in the Alliance for Democracy then had it in mind that Chief Akande to go for the second term but man proposes and God disposes. Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola won the election in 2003 and he was there for four years… We believe that after 11-and-a-half years for Central and eight years for the East Senatorial District, it is the turn – that is what people are clamouring for – of the West Senatorial District.

APC’s Oyetola

I usually don’t like to get into this controversy, to be honest with you. But if you look at the historical perspective of the state, there is no time zoning has ever been adopted. Even when the state was part of Oyo State, we had a situation where Chief Bola Ige was the governor, Chief (Sunday) Afolabi was the deputy and Chief Bisi Akande was the Secretary. Progressives usually go for the best anywhere it is found. In any case, it is important for all the zones to participate actively in the choice of who rules the state. If the best comes from West or East or Centre, so be it. If Nigerians could be mayors in advanced countries, let the brilliant people in the West (Senatorial District) come out.

PDP’s Omisore

Osun State came into being; the first governor of Osun State came from the West, second and third from the Central, fourth one from the East. That zoning formula has concluded. Whoever becomes governor now, starts the new zoning… I believe that zoning is only myopic, lazy and mediocritic.

Osun Election: I Am The Most Popular Candidate – Omisore

 

A former deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, believes his popularity will earn him a big success in the September 22 governorship election in the state.

The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) said this during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

“I am the most popular candidate in Osun State now,” he said. “The issue is that Osun politics is Omisore and others.”

“Like I said, you don’t just do a bedroom analysis or beer parlour analysis; let us wait and see the result of the election,” he added.

Omisore was deputy governor of Osun State between 1999 and 2003, after which he served as a senator on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He later contested the governorship election in 2014 but lost to Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Osun Election: I Am The Most Popular Candidate – Omisore

 

The former deputy governor who left the opposition party for SDP in May this year has been criticised by PDP members in the state for his defection.

He faulted the claims that he defected because he knew he would not get the party’s ticket, saying the effect of his departure was evident on the PDP in the state.

Senator Omisore said, “Since I left the PDP, PDP in Osun State has been dead. The point is that Omisore was PDP in Osun State and the PDP was Omisore.”

“The point I left was the fact that I foresaw lack of internal democracy,” he claimed. “Our convention was held, party officers were chosen; the National Working Committee (NWC) now cancelled all convention decisions against the Supreme Court judgement.”

Responding to those questioning his credibility to contest in the coming poll, the SDP candidate asked his critics not to be in a haste and wait for the outcomes of the election.

He also played down the claims that he was desperate to become a governor, stressing that the electorate would decide who they want to succeed Governor Aregbesola.

“The people determine their leader, the people determine who is popular, the people determine who is credible,” said Omisore.

“I’m not desperate, if not I won’t go to any party. The people of Osun State have an interest in Omisore, not any party.”

Omisore, Osun Govt Disagree Over ‘Fake Contract’ Allegation

Senator Iyiola Omisore                                          Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State.

 

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has alleged that Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration plans to plunge the state into debt by awarding a fake contract worth billions of naira.

Omisore made the claims after meeting with the Traditional Ruler of Ilesha, Adekunle Aromolaran, at his palace in the state.

Also, he claimed the governor was taking the steps to get the state indebted “because it is clear that his party (APC) has lost the September 22, 2018 governorship election.”

Omisore further alleged that the state government plans to issue an Irrevocable Standing Payment to a company in charge of construction work for the next 15 years.

He accused the government of embedding the “disingenuous scheme” in “a fake contract document”.

 

But the state government rejected the allegations.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Mr Adelani Baderinwa, branded the claims as “spurious allegations” and called on people in the state to ignore them.

Boderinwa said the claims amounted to “gross irresponsibility” by SDP and Omisore.

He accused the SDP candidate and the party of feeding the people “half-truths, outright lies and insinuations in a desperate move to seek attention”.

The commissioner also rejected claims that N7.22 billion is deducted monthly from Osun State’s allocation.

He said, “The official report of the National Bureau of Statistics put both the internal and external loans, bonds and other credit line obtained by the State Government to N179bn in September 2017.”

Baderinwa, however, explained that the “debt is getting reduced monthly as payment is made based on upfront deductions from allocations.”

He said, “Governor Aregbesola had stated that the conventional loan obtained by the government would be settled in 2019 while the N11.4bn Sukuk would be fully paid back in 2020.

“The Accountant General of the state had also in May this year stated that the total debt left for the state to pay was N143.6bn. These are verifiable facts and anybody saying anything to the contrary is only out for mischief of political purpose.”

 

Omisore Planning To Hijack Our Party, Osun SDP Chairman Alleges

 

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Osun has alleged that Senator Iyiola Omisore is planning to hijack the party, faulting Omisore’s membership of the party.

Chairman of SDP in Osun State, Ademola Ishola on Monday reiterated the stance of the party on the membership status of Omisore, insisting that he has not completed the process of registration as a member from the party.

Ishola told journalists in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, that the party has not received Omisore who decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) into SDP in the state.

READ ALSO: Buhari Accuses Politicians Of Taking Advantage Of Herdsmen-Farmers Crisis

He alleged that Omisore’s plan was to hijack the party and insisted that this move will be resisted.

Ishola explained that the process of becoming a member of the party, in line with the dictates of the party constitution requires familiarisation and registration from the ward to the local government levels.

Omisore according to Ishola is jumping the gun by relating with officials at the SDP Headquarters instead of the state. Such move, he added is totally strange to the party’s guidelines and regulation.

“There are fundamental criteria of becoming a member in our party, including registration at the ward level, and being a financial member among others; none of it has been fulfilled by Omisore.

“Maybe he is trying to influence the process to his advantage. As far as we are concerned, he is just the party admirer, not a member.

“Our National Leader, Olu Falaye has made it clear to all of us that the party should not be allowed to be hijacked by anybody, it is on this we stand,” he said.

Ishola went further to list the names of aspirants on the platform of the party to include Yemisi Oladeji, AbdulWakeel Adeola, and Munirudeen Atanda.

Omisore had earlier dumped his party, PDP to obtain the nomination and expression of interest form for SDP election.

He told journalists on Friday that he will win the September 22, Osun State governorship election if he emerges as the SDP candidate for the election.

Omisore made the pledge when he obtained the nomination and expression of interest form for the election at the SDP National Secretariat in Abuja.

Osun PDP Crisis: Leaders Give Omisore Give 72hrs Ultimatum To Apologise

Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State have given former deputy governor of the state, Iyiola Omisore a 72-hour ultimatum to apologise for allegedly supervising the burning of the party’s flags in Osogbo on Thursday.

The leaders on Friday threatened to initiate disciplinary actions against Omisore if he does not apologise for the alleged act.

The crisis in Osun PDP took a surprising turn on Thursday when some aggrieved members who are allegedly loyal to the former deputy governor burnt the party’s flag at its factional Secretariat in Ogo-Oluwa Local Government Area.

Spokesperson of the leaders, Tajudeen Adeyemi told journalists on Friday that they were shocked, saddened and disappointed at the development.

The leaders, however, jointly issued the 72-hour ultimatum to the former governor saying no one is above the interest and ambition of the party.

READ ALSO: Osun PDP Crisis Worsens As Aggrieved Members Burn Party Flag, Banner

“That Otunba Iyiola Omisore must within the next 72hours condemn the barbaric action of the hoodlums who desecrated the PDP flag in his office yesterday and tender an unreserved apology to the leadership of the party for the unacceptable conduct.

“That Otunba Omisore must unequivocally state his stance on the continued membership of the party or otherwise rather in view of the conflicting statements emanating from his aides and confidants in the last 24hours.

“That in the event of Otunba Omisore choosing to remain in the PDP, he must within the same 72hours withdraw all court cases instituted by him through proxies and explore the internal mechanism in the party to resolve any grievances he has.

“That in the event of a failure of Otunba Omisore to do the above, we call the leadership of the party at all levels to take appropriate disciplinary action against him in order to show that no single individuals inordinate ambition is above the larger interest of the party,” the party leaders said.

The forum includes former members of the National Assembly, ex-members of the Osun State House of Assembly, ex-commissioners, ex-local government chairpersons and vice-chairpersons and councillors, as well as other government officials.

The forum also tendered an apology to the National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus for the conduct.

They assured that the burning of the party’s flag does not in any way represent the views and aspirations of the hundreds of thousands of PDP members in Osun state.

South West Leaders Meet, Insist On Restructuring Of Nigeria

South West Leaders Meet, Insist On Restructuring Of Nigeria
A Yoruba leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo

The leaders of the Yoruba race in South West Nigeria have resolved to push harder for the restructuring of the country before the next general elections.

This, they intend to achieve by setting up a high powered committee to rouse the people to network with other people of like minds across the country.

The plan was one of the major resolutions of the meeting of the leaders of the group known as the Afenifere in Akure, Ondo State, country home of its National Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

The meeting which had the theme ‘Yoruba Rise For Restructuring’, was well attended by Yoruba leaders with the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, also in attendance.

At the end of the meeting which lasted for about four hours, the Publicity Secretary of the organization, Yinka Odumakin read the communique.

The leaders expressed worry by the mass killings going on in Southern Kaduna, Oke-Ogun, Oyo State, among the Igbos and all over Nigeria.

The meeting also cautioned that there is urgency to insist that the country must be restructured before going into another election as it cannot continue to slide dangerously the way along the path of anarchy and total disintegration.

Also, the leaders unanimously agreed to get all hands on deck for mobilisation towards the implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 national conference.

The roll call of leaders present at the meeting are: former Secretary to Federal Government, Olu Falae; Secretary General of Afenifere, Chief Sehinde Arogbofa; former Senators Adegbenga Kaka and Iyiola Omisore.

Others include Chief Bode George, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Prof. Banji Akintoye, Pa Cornelius Adebayo and Chief Kole Omololu.

Two of the leaders who spoke to newsmen; Prof. Banji Akintoye and Chief Bode George, also emphasized empowerment, restructuring as well as the implementation of the 2014 national conference recommendations.

The meeting also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm the appointment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen and equally commended the outgoing governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko for good governance in the state.

Court Turns Down Omisore’s Application

Court, PDP,A Federal High Court in Abuja, has turned down the bail application of the former Deputy Governor of Osun state, Iyiola Omisore, presently in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged fraud of 60 billion Naira.

Ruling on the former Deputy Governor’s bail application, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi held that his application for bail is premature and incompetent.

Justice Adeniyi asked Mr. Omisore to await the expiration of the 14 day remand order granted by a Court of Coordinate Jurisdiction before exercising his right to bail.

The Judge held that any attempt to grant the bail application will be tantamount to vacating a subsisting order made by the same court.

The Judge said counsel to Omisore failed to convince the court of its power under the law to upturn its own order and sit as an Appellate Court.

The Administration of Criminal Justice Act is clear and makes it lawful for the EFCC to detain a suspect for the initial 14 days and another 14 days if circumstances warrant.

He adds that in the instant case, the court lacks jurisdiction to set aside the order it made for the remand of the suspect, and has been established that there is a reasonable cause to remand the applicant in custody in line with the provisions of the law.

I Did Not Receive Any Money From Dasuki – Omisore

OmisoreFormer deputy governor of Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, on Thursday denied receiving any money from the former National Security Adviser, Mr Sambo Dasuki .

Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, the former Senator also vehemently denied being invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“I am not aware of what they are talking about. I didn’t take a kobo from NSA”, he said, insisting that “It is rather unfortunate that the EFCC can declare me wanted after we met in court 9am that same day”.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had last week declared the 2014 Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State wanted for refusing to honour its invitation.

The EFCC noted that the Osun state born politician needs to make clarifications over
over the N700 million he allegedly collected from the office of Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser, between June and November, 2014.

Sen. Omisore, however, denied any wrongdoing, maintaining that it was a company he guaranteed that received payment from the office of Mr Dasuki.

“It is rather unfortunate that the EFCC can declare me wanted after we met in court 9am that same day.

“EFCC came to court to ask for time to reply my summons. There was no time that I refused to honour EFCC. The point is that a company that I guaranteed worked for the office of the former NSA, were paid, they even sued NSA for part of their payment, so I don’t have anything to do with that.

“I just saw on their website that they had declared me wanted and I was surprised and highly embarrassed. I am not aware of what they are talking about. I didn’t take a kobo from NSA.

Mr Omisore threatened to sue the EFCC for committing the gravest offence in the world.

“They did not even invite me. The offence EFCC committed is the gravest in the world. I am going sue them for libel.

“I have given them seven days notice which expired today, and by tomorrow, I am suing them for libel. They embarrassed me all over the world. All my clients, including World Bank and the African Development Bank (AFDB) are worried. I never had anything to do with the office of the NSA. Never in my lifetime”, he said.

He further challenged the commission to present any evidence it has against him in the court.

The former senator analysed the ongoing crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).