The Social Democratic Party, SDP, on Thursday distanced itself from the widely reported agreement its Osun governorship candidate, Oyiola Omisore reached with the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, involving perks including an alleged N480 million deal.
According to the said agreement, Omisore would work for Gboyega Oyetola, candidate of the APC, against Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s Ademola Adeleke, who is the September 22 majority vote scorer, billed to participating in Thursday’s scheduled supplementary poll.
Adeleke is leading with 353 votes (254,698) from the Saturday election with APC candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, trailing him with 254,345 votes. Omisore became the bride after the Independent National Electoral Commission declared that rerun would take place in seven polling units with majority of them falling under his stronghold in Ile-Ife.
Addressing journalists at his residence in Ile-Ife later on Wednesday, Omisore said he had accepted to work with the APC with the possibility of forming a coalition government with the party in the state. Before taking the decision, Omisore had been visited by both PDP and APC leaders.
He said, “We have accepted to support the APC for victory in the rerun election and thereafter form a coalition government. Our decision to form a coalition government is based on the party that is ready to work with the SDP to adopt and implement the core values of our party which is social justice, equity and good governance.
“The PDP and the APC approached us for coalition based on our performance and grass-roots network especially in the seven polling units earmarked for the rerun.
“The APC has since come back to accept all the conditions given to them by us to form a coalition government while the PDP has yet to respond. We have therefore as a party accepted to support the APC for victory in the rerun election and therefore form a coalition government.”
But in a swift reaction, the SDP national leadership dissociated itself from inter party negotiations and conclusions reached by Omisore, its Osun state governorship candidate.
This was contained in a statement in Abuja through its National Publicity Secretary, Alfa Mohammed, which read, “The Social Democratic Party (SDP) would like to make it categorically clear that the national leadership of the party was not part of the recent developments involving our party’s gubernatorial candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore of Osun State, and the conclusions arrived at.
“We remain irrevocably committed to serving the Nigerian people on the basis of the vision, principles and goals of social democracy which underlie the philosophy of our great party, the SDP.”
Also weighing in on Omisore’s joining of forces with the APC, Afenifere leader, Ayo Adebanjo, told reporters on Wednesday night that the SDP candidate had committed political suicide.
Adebanjo said, “He [Omisore] is on his own.
“Without no consultation with either the chairman of the SDP and Afenifere, he made the statement.
“He is completely on his on. Up till Tuesday night, he told me that there was nothing like that; it just shows the type of character he is.
“I can assure you that he will fail. It is a political miscalculation, he has committed a suicide.”