By John Izabi,
With barely few hours to the Osun re-run elections and despite so much pressure from the People’s Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressives Congress APC, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate in last Saturday’s Osun Gubernatorial election, Senator Iyiola Omisore has finally decided to pitch his tent with the APC ahead of tomorrow’s re-run elections.
The Senator made this known Wednesday evening in a recent Press Release communicated through his media aide, Jide Fakorede, as he firmly states that he will never renege on his promise of good governance, accountability and human dignity in Osun State.
The statement reads in full:
“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.
To this end, he has said to all Nigerians that this is the centre point of his campaign and “democracy we both fought for and believe in. It is the right and democratic freedom of people to choose by their own free will.
Their votes should not be coerced by money, vote buying, intimidation in form of militarisation, political and social power.
“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.”
Senator Omisore assured his followers and admirers that he will not abandon his campaign promises even as he engaged all stakeholders on the way forward to ensure the progress of Osun State is achieved.
Media Aide, Senator Iyiola Omisore
Meanwhile, see official PRESS CONFERENCE report personally signed by Senator Omisore himself below as obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG:
In another development, PDP candidate ahead of the rerun poll holding tomorrow and leading candidate in Saturday’s Gubernatorial Election, Senator Ademola Adeleke has Oncemore alleged serious threats against his life.
The PDP Senator and candidate raised the alarm on Wednesday as he added that he has also sent letters to various foreign high commissions in the country as well as other international bodies including the United Nations organization regarding the latest incident ahead of tomorrow’s polls.
He recalled several attempts on his life particularly during his political campaigns leading to last Saturday’s polls, adding that many of his fellow party members and elderstatemen are being harassed constantly while many others are presently being held up in police custody.
Recall that INEC has fixed tomorrow Saturday September 27 as date for Supplementary elections especially in areas where voided votes were recorded which are about seven polling units in four local government areas across the state.