- The SDP said it is not in support of Senator Omisore's decison to support the APC
- The party recalled that it has an agreement with the PDP
- Omisore announced that he has chosen to support the APC for the Osun rerun election
The leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has dissociated itself from Senator Iyiola Omisore who is the party’s gubernatorial candidate of the Osun state election.
Omisore had declared support for the All Progressives Congress ahead of the state rerun election but The Punch reports that the SDP was not aware of such agreement.
Chief Olu Falae reportedly spoke with Senator Ademola Adeleke who is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party to clarify the party’s position.
Olawale Rasheed who is the spokesperson of the Adeleke Campaign Organisation confirmed the phone call and expressed displeasure at the steps taken by Omisore.
He said: “Senator Ademola Adeleke won the last Saturday election without the support of Omisore and he is going to win again tomorrow. Our strength is not with any leader but in the people. We believe the people will reaffirm the mandate they already gave to Senator Adeleke.
“The spirit of national coalition remains and the spirit is that the SDP, PDP and others will unite to fight for the 2019 elections. Chief Falae called and talked to Senator Adeleke that the party did not authorise Omisore to support the APC. They said Omisore is on his own.”
Alhaji Alfa Mohammed who is the national publicity secretary of the SDP in a statement said: “The SDP will 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.”
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Legit.ng had earlier reported that Dr Adetokunbo Pearse, chairman, Strategy and Mobilisation, Social Democratic Party (SDP), South-West zone, on Wednesday said that it was not feasible for the party to support the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Osun governorship re-run election.
Pearse expressed the view in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos while reacting to advances from the APC and PDP for SDP’s support, to enable them to win the Osun re-run election on Thursday.
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